Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in the Kashmir Valley, authorities in south Kashmir’s Pulwama have decided to turn many mosques used by ‘Tableeghi Jamat’ as administrative quarantine centres for the safety of people.
The District Magistrate Pulwama, Dr Raghav Langer has issued an order (DCP/PA-5968-78) today in which he has expressed apprehension over the spread of coronavirus in the area due to the movement of people associated with ‘Tableegi Jamaat’
“Whereas, mostly the ‘tableegi Jamat’ on returning are living in certain mosques of district Pulwama making these mosques vulnerable to spread of infection to other people visiting there. Whereas to curb spread of COVID-19, it is now felt to declare such mosques as quarantine areas, where ‘tablegi jamat’ are residing or taking shelter,” reads the order.
The order says that that under section 34 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, such masjids/mosques of district Pulwama be designated as administrative quarantine centres where concerned magistrates find the tableegi Jamat persons have recently returned from outside and are residing in mosques.
The order directs all Magistrates of the district to adhere to the directions wherever such situation arises in their jurisdiction.
The entire the nation is currently witnessing a complete lockdown in wake of pandemic coronavirus. The number of cases in India has increased to more than 700 with 18 death reported.