After Owaisi's request, Delhi govt orders release of 2,446 quarantined Tablighi Jamaat members who tested COVID-19 negative
After Owaisi's request, Delhi govt orders release of 2,446 quarantined Tablighi Jamaat members who tested COVID-19 negative

The Delhi government has asked all the district magistrates to release 2,446 Tablighi Jamaat members from quarantine centers after they tested negative and ensure that they do not stay in any other place except their homes. This comes days after All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi wrote to the Home Ministry requesting release of the Tablighi Jamaat members who have been quarantined.

The district magistrates will explore the possibility of sending those Tablighi members, who belong to other states, in buses to their designated places in accordance with social distancing norms and other protocols, DDMA Special CEO K S Meena said in a letter to deputy commissioners (administration).

As man as 567 foreign attendees of the congregation held in Delhi's Nizamuddin area in March, will be handed over to the police, Meena said.

"They (foreign Jamaat attendees) will be handed over to police in connection with several violations like visa violation," a government official said on Saturday.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain had recently ordered the release of Tablighi members who have completed their required quarantine period in centres and tested negative for COVID-19.

"Out of such people belonging to Delhi, who could be released as per prescribed guidelines should be issued passes to travel from the quarantine centres.

"Under no circumstances, the aforesaid persons should be allowed to stay in any other places including mosques," Meena said in the letter.

In respect of those Tablighi members belonging to other states, it should be ensured by the nodal officer and the area ACP that such people reach their place of residence, he also said.

"The DC should also inform the respective resident commissioner of their states in respect of each and every movement of such persons from Delhi," the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Special CEO said.

Thousands of Tablighi Jamaat members had been taken out of its Markaz (centre) in Nizamuddin, where they had gathered for a religious congregation, and quarantined as the area became a major hotspot after a number of members tested positive for coronavirus.

On March 31, the Delhi Police's Crime Branch had lodged an FIR against seven people, including Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, on a complaint by Station House Officer, Nizamuddin, for holding the congregation.

Earlier, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, MoS G Kishan Reddy and Chief Secretary to Telangana Government, Somesh Kumar regarding the discharge and travel of quarantined persons of Telangana who were present at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi.

Owaisi in his letter to Amit Shah wrote, "In light of the Ministry of Home Affair's (MHA) recent notification now permitting migrants to return to their States, I (Owaisi) request that the concerned persons be discharged from the quarantine facilities and be issued a travel pass to return to Telangana Owaisi also attached the names and details of the 38 persons along with the letter, for Amit Shah's perusal."

"These persons are quarantined in the quarantine facilities in Narela Industrial Area, Sultanpuri Area, Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Lok Nayak Hospital, Badarpur Secondary School and Mandoli," he said.

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