Tribune News Service
Shimla, April 4
Majra, a tiny village in Paonta Sahib, is the hotspot of Himachal unit of Tablighi Jamaat. It is headed by Hukamddeen, a former HP Police constable who is learnt to have taken premature reirement a few years ago.
The jamaat head has come under the scanner after three sect members, who attended the Nizammuddin congregation in Delhi, tested positive for coronavirus in Una. The trio, belonging to Mandi district, were deputed by the HP jamaat head for the event, sources said.
Also, 11 persons who were apprehended near Nerwa in Shimla by the police on Wednesday were dispatched from Majra to their villages Qaidi and Piuntra, revealed members of the community who have come forward seeking action against all those who did not follow the quarantine protocol and instead hid information on those who attended the event.
The role of the state jamaat head has also been brought to the notice of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The civil society members have expressed concern over the incident. They told The Tribune that
Hukkamddeen had influenced a large number of Muslims in Himachal. "It is he who assigns duties to his followers and sends them to different mosques in Himachal," they said. He reportedly maintains a register of all followers and assigns them religious tasks.
Meanwhile, rapid response teams of the Health Department are likely to converge at Majra to ensure social distancing and putting the Delhi event attendees and their near ones in quarantine, sources said.
Shimla Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap held a meeting of all religious leaders seeking their cooperation to combat spread of Covid in the state.
A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak
Thu 2 Apr 2020 12.34 BSTLast modified on Thu 2 Apr 2020 12.59 BST
Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose to 10,003 on Thursday, up from 9,053 on Wednesday, an increase of 950. On Tuesday Spain had recorded 864 deaths related to coronavirus, its previous highest figure.
The Cambodian government has been accused of manipulating the coronavirus pandemic to assert absolute power “over all aspects of civil, political, social, and economic life”.
Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 3,136, with 124 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, adding that the country had 50,468 total cases.
France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner warned the country to stay at home as the Easter holidays begin. He said roadblocks would be set up on major highways and extra police or soldiers dispatched to train stations and airports to verify the documents of anyone stopped out and about.
Indonesia reported a further 13 deaths and 113 new cases, taking its total number of deaths to 170 and its confirmed infections to 1,790. South Korea has reported 169 deaths and 9,976 infections, according to the latest figures released there.
According to data collected by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, 951,901 (as of 12pm BST) people around the world have become infected, 48,284 of whom have died.
American officials reportedly believe China has been underreporting the total number of cases and deaths. The conclusions of a classified report from the intelligence community to the White House were revealed to Bloomberg by three anonymous officials who declined to detail its contents.
President Trump is also resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease.
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