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.