12 state natives attended Delhi religious event


IMPHAL, 1st Apr: Even as more than 400 people, who directly or indirectly attended a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area have shown COVID-19 symptoms and infected many including foreigners, at least 12 natives of Manipur are said to have participated the religious event held from March 13 to 15.

Over 2,000 people including delegates from foreign countries attended the congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic missionary movement set up in 1926.

At least 441 people, who attended the event held at Nizamuddin Markaz (centre), are under observation at different hospitals in Delhi as per report available till March 31 evening. 

Amidst the worrying situation, it has been confirmed that at least 12 people from the state had attended the religious event organised just before the Delhi government prohibited public congregation or events prior to the Union government’s declaration on Janata Curfew and nationwide lockdown on March 25. 

Though some of them confirmed participation when enquired by state police and they are now under observation and are ready to undergo necessary test but some other in the list could not be identified till date. 

Meanwhile, chief minister N Biren Singh has appealed to the state natives who attended the said religious event to report to the nearest government hospital or contact through toll free No 18003453818. The chief minister made this appeal through his twitter account. 

Among the list of 299 suspected residents of Assam who took part in the event, nine were found of having Manipur address when the list was uploaded on social media and it is said that a total of 12 people from the state actually took part in the religious congregation. When Manipur police conducted an inquiry through telephone numbers and addresses given in the list, some of them have confirmed their participation. 

Majority of the participants must have been Muslim as the event was organised by a Muslim organisation but the list emerged on social media have four non-Muslim people, one Meitei and four Tangkhuls. The remaining seven people are Muslims. 

As per the list uploaded on social media, one participant hails from Yairipok Kekru Gwarok road of Thoubal district, three from Khangabok Hayel Loubuk Maning Leikai of Thoubal district, one from Lilong Chingkham Maning under Lilong subdivision of Thoubal district and two from Kshetri Bengun Awang Leikai under Porompat subdivision of Imphal East district. All of them are Muslims. 

While one of the remaining five non-Muslim participants of the event hails from Langol Housing complex in Imphal West district, three are from Ukhrul district and they hail from Tungou Tangrei, New Canaan and Apong villages of the district. The list also mentioned name of Meitei participant hailing from Sugnu Korsantabi Nongdam Ching of Kakching district. 

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