By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Apr 18, 2020 14:59 IST
MHA orders tracing of Rohingyas who attended Tablighi Jamaat, States/ UTs issued directions

MHA wants States, UTs to trace and test Rohingyas for Covid 19 who attended Tablighi Jamaat. On Friday the Ministry of Home Affairs orders to trace Rohingyas who had attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi. There may be a possibility of Rohingyas also who attended the gathering and might spreading the virus & in this direction MHA asks all states and Union Territories to trace and test Rohingyas and people who came in contact with them all across the country including Delhi, Haryana, Hyderabad and Punjab.

MHA orders tracing of Rohingyas

The MHA on Friday wrote to all sates and UTs to trace Rohingyas after it was reported that they attended Tablighi Jamaat and having possibility of contracting Covid19. MHA added that the Rohingyas residing in camps in Hyderabad have found attended Tablighi Jamaat 'Ijtema' at Haryana's Mewat, and had also attended the meet at the national capital's Nizamuddin.

Rohingyas living in Delhi's Shram Vihar and Shaheen Bagh localities who had gone for Tablighi Jamaat activities, have not returned to their camps, it said. There are also reports from Derabassi, Punjab, and Jammu area of Jammu and Kashmir about the presence of Rohingya Muslims, who have come there after attending Tablighi Jamaat, the Ministry said.

It has been reported that Rohingya Muslims have attended Ijtemas and other religious congregations of Tablighi Jamaat and there is a possibility of their contracting Covid-19, the letter sent by MHA to all states and Union Territories said. The Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Delhi is responsible for a number of Covid-19 cases all across the country. Many foreigners from South Asia had also attended the same leading to spread of the virus. MHA taking strict action against banned those foreign nationals who hiding the real cause attended religious gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in March.

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Across India, 1,023 of the total cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat as of April 5, according to the health ministry. On March 31st, Delhi government filed a case against seven people including Jamaat Markaz chief Mohammad Saad for not following lockdown rules. Later in a letter it was stated that about 9,000 people attended the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering in March.

MHA orders Tracing of Rohingyas

There are around 40000 Rohingyas in India, while only 17500 are registered. The state governments and police chiefs are urgently asked to trace them and all those who have come in contact with them and take necessary steps, MHA letter stated.

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