Six people who attended a congregation at a mosque in Delhi’s Nizamuddin have died in Telangana after testing positive for coronavirus. A cleric who was there had died after testing positive for coronavirus in Srinagar last week.
More than 2,000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan, attended the congregation of Tabligh-e-Jamaat – a Muslim religious organisation – from March 1 to 15.
In a huge health risk, as many as 1,400 people continue to stay at the Jamaat’s “Markaj” even after this period even as a 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24.
Over 300 people who were part of the congregation have been taken to different hospitals to be tested for coronavirus in Delhi and kept in isolation.
Delhi Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials and medical teams went to the South Delhi locality late on Sunday night after reports said a large number of people were showing symptoms for the disease.
The south Delhi neighbourhood has been virtually sealed over fears that some people may have contracted the virus.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered a First Information Report or FIR against the cleric who was leading the congregation.
The police say they have been trying to convince the organisers to vacate the building since March 24 but the attendees said many had been stranded there because of the nationwide lockdown.
Nearly 30,000 people live in Nizamuddin west and Nizamuddin Basti area, news agency PTI said