FIR registered against Jamaat; CB to probe

NEW DELHI, 31st Mar: Delhi Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against the manage- ment of Tablighi Jamaat headquar- tered in south Delhi's Nizamuddin area and handed over the probe to the Crime Branch, top police sources said.

"We have to look into several as- pects, such as after March 18, how many people reached the Jamaat headquarters," said a senior Crime Branch o cial.

"We'll also ascertain if the local police station and the Special Branch of Delhi Police are right in their re- spective position vis-a?-vis acting on government orders to enforce 'Janata curfew' and later the countrywide lockdown.

Special Branch is responsible for collecting daily information on all the invitees, especially the foreign participants, to the religious con- gregation. e local police station issupposed to monitor if the congrega- tion followed all government orders. Tablighi Jamaat Markaz is also booked for violating the Epidemic Act provisions and also IPC Section 120B (criminal conspiracy). e Crime Branch will also question the Markaz chief as well as Saad Kandhalvi, who organised such a large crowd of the sect's followers in a situation where coronavirus infection spreads quickly. Crime Branch sources said it would now look for those who participated in the event and then dispersed to various parts of the country, many of whom carried the deadly corona infection. Many states have already reported that such religious follow- ers have already been found coro-na-positive.
Besides, it would also list out foreigners who might have already left for their countries.

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