Earlier this morning, the Delhi police sealed the Markaz Nizamuddin Mosque in Delhi after a religious gathering took place amid thousands of devotees earlier this month. The mosque is linked to seven coronavirus deaths and more than 300 people with coronavirus symptoms.
Nearly 800 people, who attended the gathering, are moved out in buses and presently they are in home quarantine in different parts of the city. On Tuesday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain informed that 24 attendees have been tested positive of coronavirus so far while testing on others is underway.
“We are not certain of the number but it is estimated that 1500-1700 people had assembled at Markaz building. 1033 people have been evacuated so far – 334 of them have been sent to hospital & 700 sent to quarantine center”.
“Event’s organisers committed a grave crime. Disaster Act & Contagious Diseases Act was enforced in Delhi,no assembly of more than 5 people was allowed. Still they did this. I’ve written to Lt Guv to take the strictest action against them.Delhi govt has given order to file FIR”, he added.
All the attendees ignored the strict social distancing rules imposed by the central government to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Hundreds of them were staying in the 100-year-old mosque complex since a two-day gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat from March 13 to 15.
Markaz Nizamuddin in a statement defended itself saying the event was dismissed after PM Modi announced “Janata Curfew” from March 22. However, the Delhi government has directed the police to register an FIR against the clieric of Nizamuddin Markaz after most of the COVID-19 cases were recorded in the same area. After Delhi recorded 87 coronavirus cases, Nizamuddin emerged as a hotspot where the religious meeting took place by the Tableeghi Jamaat earlier this month.