AMMOCOC decries communalisation of COVID-19 issue

 CHRONICLE BUREAU

IMPHAL, 3rd Apr: While it is unfortunate that Covid-19 positive cases have risen to two in the state, communalisation of the issue by some sections of the society is condemnable, All Manipur Muslim Organisations’ Co-Ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) has stated.

According to a release issued by AMMOCOC vice president and spokesperson Md Raees Ahamed, the organisation has been supporting the government in the ongoing effort of containing spread of COVID-19. So, when the chief minister contacted the organisation regarding the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz episode, it swung into action and contacted leaders of Darul-Uloom Markaz, Lilong and with their help identified all the persons who had attended the religious event. 

The organisation has been at the forefront in working with the Health Department and police by helping them in picking up the 11 individuals who participated in the Nizamuddin congregation from which three were admitted to isolation wards of JNIMS and RIMS and the rest were taken to Darul-Uloom Markaz, Lilong which has been converted into a quarantine centre especially for them, it added.

The release pointed out that after one of the person tested positive for Covid-19, AMMOCOC consulted the Health Department and started medical surveillance within 3 km radius of the house of the patient and tracked down all the persons who came in contact with. The organisation along with Muslim community of the state has full faith in the measures taken up by the government to contain the disease and is providing full support. Thus, in such a situation, it is unfortunate that some communal minded persons are painting communal colour to it by blocking the public road and bridges in some places, not selling essential goods to a particular community, not admitting patients (delivery and other critical diseases) belonging to a particular community by some hospitals and stereotyping a community on social media along with degrading comments, it claimed.

AMMOCOC demanded the government to take stern action against such culprits and appealed that such incidents do not happen again.

The release further said that the organisation is keenly watching the confusion that has risen amongst the public after some unethical reports from some section of the print and electronic media came, mainly, the programme that was telecast by a local TV channel in its discussion hour on April 2, in which it invited some unrelated, immature and irresponsible panellists who raised conflicting accounts of the work done by the organisation in the eye of the public.

The organisation expressed surprise that in such a critical time when a wrong statement by a person can be seen as representing a community, some irresponsible and immature people were invited as panellists for a live discussion programme. So, if any untoward incident arises from it, they should be held responsible, the release said.

AMMOCOC further appealed to people not to believe any rumours. Especially Muslim community should not believe in the politically motivated rumours and have trust in the state government. It also appealed to the government to make available the Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package announced by the Union government to the people of the state at the earliest.


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