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Tablighi attendees ‘creating trouble’ at hospitals, Delhi govt asks for more police vigil

Situation at a railway quarantine facility in southeast Delhi, housing Tablighi attendees, has, however, settled down after intervention by police and CRPF jawans.

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New Delhi: Several suspected and positive coronavirus patients, especially those who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month, have been allegedly creating trouble in hospitals and quarantine facilities, where they were shifted Tuesday.

Delhi Health Secretary Padmini Singla Thursday wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava, asking for more reinforcements at the hospitals and quarantine centres where the Jamaat event attendees have been kept. 

This comes a day after it was reported that some attendees “misbehaved” and “spat” on doctors and healthcare personnel at a railway quarantine facility in southeast Delhi’s Tughlakabad. But the situation is now under control after the intervention of police and CRPF personnel.

Singhla’s letter, which has been accessed by ThePrint, said several patients, “particularly those transferred” from the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque, where the congregation took place, are creating a “law and order problem and commotion in hospitals and quarantine centres”.

It has become difficult for the hospital staff to handle the situation, said Singla in the letter.

The letter didn’t elaborate on the nature of the law and order problem, but Delhi government sources told ThePrint the the Jamaat event attendees were not cooperating with the hospital and medical staff, they were refusing to get tested and were misbehaving with the healthcare personnel.

Sources in the government said these people had misbehaving with the staff at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, which are two of the several hospitals designated to treat Covid-19 patients in Delhi.

Among the isolation centres, where the Jamaat members have been allegedly creating trouble are the Tughlakabad railway quarantine facility and another in Narela, sources added.

The matter was also raised Thursday during a meeting between Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain and medical superintendents of the various Covid-19 hospitals.

On Wednesday, at least 2,361 people were evacuated from the mosque after 24 from the area tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday evening.

This large-scale evacuation at the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters took over 36 hours, and came after several people died from Covid-19 after attending the Delhi event from 13-15 March.

Also read: Coronavirus was a test of secular nationalism. Then Tablighi Jamaat became the scapegoat

More police to be deployed at isolation centres

Mandeep Singh, PRO of Delhi Police, said: “Police personnel have been deployed at all these (isolation) centres and more will be deployed if need be.”

He added the police are constantly in touch with the government officials in this regard.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also been receiving calls from health workers in this connection. He had mentioned it during the digital press conferences he held Wednesday and Thursday.

Things smooth at Railway isolation centre

Meanwhile, situation at the Tughlakabad facility, where some Jamaat members allegedly misbehaved and spat on doctors, has settled down.

“We had to call the police where the Tablighi Jamaat attendees have been quarantined because they were not cooperating with us and misbehaving with us,” Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar told ThePrint. “But after the CRPF and the Delhi Police were called, things have settled down.”

Since the situation has now settled down, Kumar said it is important that the issue is not raised in a way that it disrupts the communal harmony.

“We (the Railways) want to ensure that there are no infections and the social fabric of the society is maintained.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, Kumar said: “At the quarantine centre, they (attendees) misbehaved with the staff and even raised objections over the food being served to them… They even spat at the doctors and those attending to them and refused to stop roaming around the quarantine facilities.”

“We informed the DM (district magistrate) South East Delhi to arrange necessary security to control them or to shift them to any other suitable place. At 5.30 pm, four Delhi Police constables and six CRPF jawans along with a PCR van have been deployed at the quarantine centres,” he said.

Of the over 2,000 attendees, about 167 are currently housed in this makeshift quarantine centre set up on the Railway’s property.

The health authorities Thursday confirmed that nearly 400 Covid-19 patients in the country have a Tablighi Jamaat connection. With nearly 2,000 positive cases, one in India’s five confirmed coronavirus patients is linked to the Sunni organisation.

Also read: This is how police in states are tracking people who attended Tablighi event in Delhi


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  1. These papers always tell lie pls put your mind if so you have why is being happen means this Tableegi trend now and because the sarkar hide his fault because we have first case in January 29 and we our lockdown starts from 22 March why so much wait and when tableegi meeting happen 13 to 15 our health organisation said on 13 March Chinta ki koi baat nahy hai or immediately they lockdown whole country why? This question mark ask if you have mind if don’t lage rahe ek community ke peeche…..

  2. These papers always tell lie always dont think only read the papers pls put your mind if so you have why is being happen means this Tableegi trend now and because the sarkar hide his fault because we have first case in January 29 and we our lockdown starts from 22 March why so much wait and when tableegi meeting happen 13 to 15 our health organisation said on 13 March Chinta ki koi baat nahy hai or immediately they lockdown whole country why? This question mark ask if you have mind if don’t lage rahe ek community ke peeche…..

  3. Why area railway cargo wagons not being configured for use as temporary prisons and isolation Cells . ??? Surely the need to control These elements is even more important than mobile hospitals. Spitting on healthcare workers is abhorrent . Such folks should be locked in railway animal wagon with meds, water and dry foods and left there for 2 weeks

  4. These people do not deserve mercy or any medical attendance. Knowing the epidemic consequences they held the religious meet without having sense of postponement the event for atleast two or three month period. The NSA’s intervention is also not desirable and they let out those people without any Lathi Charge. We witnessed such Lathi Charge treatment for those who were attending the Friday prayers on 27th March 2020 in a Mosque in Karnataka.

  5. Put all of the behind bar or in a private hall & do not provide medical facilities let them suffer till their Sulemani kidda die

  6. @ Asim Ali, @ Hilal Ahmed, @ Sumaira Rizvi

    Please explain and defend these behavior.

    Or is it right wing or Hindu nationalist conspiracy.


    • Please share your evidence with Home Ministry without further delay. And check whether they can take you as a spy informer by joining the triators group

    • How do you know that are you working for isis and taliban? Common man in such circumstances also you guys are fighting over religion. All the things shown in media are false, I have seen one video of spitting that is shot in Thailand but media they are representing it as India. Common we all are one we are human beings and click your mind media is trying to earn in name of Hindu Muslim and the fool and illiterate politicians in India are supporting them for their own selfishness.
      So please wake up and support one who is in need.
      I am an Indian and I am in Kuwait being in a Muslim country every human here is treated equally No racism about religion and Nationality. If you want you can confirm these if you know anyone who is close to you is in Kuwait. Read about Saudi government they are providing 60 percent salary to all private company empl) voiding all private company employees with 3 month of salaries what Indian govt is doing they are making ppl fight over religion

  8. Shockingly irresponsible behaviour. Instead of expressing regret for their past negligence which exposed other innocent people to the corona infection, these attendees are behaving in a shameless manner. Which religion teaches to spit at doctors and medical personnel? These morons are not only disobeying the principles of Islam but are dragging our nation down. FIRs should be lodged against the culprits and strict legal action is necessary.

  9. In country, most of the problems created for police and health workers is done by Muslims. Why?
    Is there a hidden agenda??

  10. Why were they not beaten by lathis?
    And this doctor says that he is afraid of disturbing communal harmony?
    Kaisa fattu hai be?? Tablighis badmashi kar rahe hai aur tujhe communal harmony ki chinta hai?

  11. These people should not have been evacuated from the Markaz building. Instead, the building should have been sealed with all of them inside. The virus would not have spread to people outside the Markaz. And our doctors and nurses would have been able to focus on patients who actually wish to get well and obey instructions.

  12. Naked roaming , lewed remarks to nurses in hospital by tableighi members, no reporting by lap dance media

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