Several mosques declared quarantine centres in Pulwama

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SRINAGAR — District administration Pulwama on Thursday declared several mosques of the area as administrative quarantine centres following the return of Tableeghi Jamaat.

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Dr. Raghav Langer, who also heads the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order which reads that “People of Tableeghi Jamaat are travelling from various areas to district Pulwama due to which there is every apprehension of spread of COVID-19 infection in the area.”

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It said that mostly the Tableegi Jamaat on returning are living in certain mosques of the district that makes these mosques vulnerable to spread infection to other people visiting there.

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“To curb spread of COVID-19, it is now felt to declare such mosques as quarantine areas where Tableegi Jamaat are residing or taking shelter,” he said.

“Such masjids/mosques of district Pulwama be designated as administrative quarantine centres where concerned magistrates find the Tableegi Jamaat persons have recently returned from outside and are residing in mosques,” the order reads.

“Therefore, in exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 34 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, I, Dr. Raghav Langer (IAS), District Magistrate/Chairman DDMA Pulwama Pulwama declare that all such Masjids/mosques of District Pulwama be designated as Administrative Quarantine Centres, where concerned Magistrates find the Tableegi Jamaat persons have recently returned from outside and are residing in the mosques/Masjids. All Magistrates of District Pulwama are directed to adhere to these directions wherever such situation arises in their jurisdiction,” the order reads.

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