Tablighi Jamaat Members
Men wearing protective masks walk as they carry bags amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi | Photo: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BANDIPORA — Police in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district registered an FIR against a man associated with Tablighi Jamaat for allegedly concealing his travel history.

A police official said that a person associated with Tablighi Jamaat had returned to Kashmir valley on 21 March last month and had concealed his travel history.

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The man had returned from Nizamuddin Auliya Centre of Tablighi Jamaat where a number of people who participated in the religious event have already been declared positive for COVID-19 disease.

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The police official identified the man as Muhammad Arif Chaniza son of Mehrajuddin Chaniza, a resident of Halmatpora Aloosa Bandipora and said that a formal FIR vide number 29/2020 under section 188, 270 has been registered against him. He, however, said that the man has been quarantined by a medical team at a quarantine centre of the district.

Pertinently, the men affiliated with Tablighi Jamaat are in eye of the storm after it came to fore that they gathered at New Delhi for a religious event in which some foreigners infected with Coronavirus infection were present. The first deceased COVID-19 patient, who died in Kashmir, had also participated in the religious event at Nizamuddin Auliya Centre in New Delhi.

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