IMPHAL: Ten individuals from Manipur are said to have attended the religious congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat held at Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi from March 13-15.
This was confirmed by Manipur Health Director Dr. K Rajo who on Tuesday said that as many as 10 from the state took part in the Jamaat Nizamuddin in New Delhi. All have returned and are staying in their homes, the director said.
The director also said that the ten have been strictly advised not to venture out of their homestead.
Of the ten, four are said to be from Imphal East, four from Thoubal and two from Bishnupur district.
They have been kept a quarantined centre situated at ITI residential campus, Thoubal district, according to the director.
Having participated in the event, they expressed their desire to stay at the same quarantine centre and hence, have been kept there, Dr. Rajo said.
Earlier, nine names from Manipur were found on the list of 299 names of persons from Assam that were near Nizamuddin area or that participated in the religious congregation held at the venue in Delhi between March 13-15, 2020.
Meanwhile, a statement from the COVID-19 Central Control Room, Government of Manipur has refuted the media report claiming 85 persons from Manipur to have attended the Delhi Nizamuddin religious Congregation.
State Government had received a list of names and phone numbers from Government of India, who were tracked to the mobile phone tower at Nizamuddin. State Government through the Central Control room in collaboration with the DCs and SPs of the district has actively traced those persons who attended the Congregation. 39 persons are still outside Manipur. Government has traced 14 persons who are linked to the said religious conference. Out of them, three persons have been taken for testing and the remaining 11 persons will also be screened.
The religious congregation– Tablighi Jamaat held earlier this month at Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi was said to have been attended by about 2000 people.
After returning from the event, six individuals died of COVID-19 infection in Telangana, an incident that has cause widespread alert across the country. Following the news, the Delhi government has decided to file an FIR against the Tablighi Jamaat and sent about a thousand who participated in the event for quarantined.
24 individuals from the national capital were also said to have tested positive after attending the event.
As per a list released, nine names from Manipur were found in the list – three from Thoubal, one from Kakching, three from Uhkrul and two from Imphal.
However, as per a statement from the DC, Ukhrul, the three from the district never attended the event but only passed by the area.
Following the report, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has appealed the people of Manipur that if anyone from the state attended the religious congregation held at Nizamuddin in Delhi from March 13-15 to come forward and get tested for COVID-19.
The event was organised by Tablighi Jamaat.
“If there is anybody from Manipur who had attended the religious congregation, organized by Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi’s Nizamuddin, between March 13 and March 15, you are requested to come forward and get yourself tested for COVID-19,” the CM appealed.
The religious congregation was attended by nearly 2,000 people, including foreigners, the CM stated and has called on the people who attended the congregation, if any, to call helpline number: 1800-345-3818
This message is not aimed at spreading panic, it’s a call to act responsibly, the CM stated.
The Assam government has informed that it has in its possession a list of 456 persons who were present in and around the hotspot near Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi to attend the religious congregation– Tablighi Jamaat earlier this month.
It may be mentioned that twenty-four people, who took part in a religious congregation in Nizamuddin West have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“We have alerted the district administrations to find out if these people have returned to Assam and seek instructions issued to quarantine them if they are in the state,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Tuesday.