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Over 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat contacts traced, quarantined

Ministry of Home Affairs asks states, UTs to book lockdown violators under Disaster Management Act, IPC

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Last Updated: Apr 03, 2020, 06.29 AM IST
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Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, told reporters during a daily briefing that out of about 2,000 such Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been shifted to quarantine centres
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NEW DELHI: More than 9,000 primary contacts of people who took part in the Tablighi Jamaat conference in mid-March at Nizamuddin Markaz have been traced and quarantined by the Centre and state governments, officials said.

The Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) participants included 1,306 foreign nationals out of which 250 were present in Delhi.

“Home ministry along with state and UTs launched a massive effort to trace TJ workers,” said Punya Salila Srivastave, joint secretary at the home ministry. “In Nizamuddin, 334 of them tested symptomatic and were admitted to hospital.”

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The alert on movement of TJ workers were sounded after foreign TJ workers in Telangana tested positive last month.

The home ministry on Wednesday also directed states and UTs to take strict action against people who violate the nationwide lockdown and widely publicise the penal provisions under the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code among the authorities and public.
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