Tableeghi Markaz issues official statement, says had kept authorities informed from Day 1 of lockdown
File photo of the Markaz Nizamuddin, also known as Bangle Wali Masjid, the international headquarters of the Tableeghi Jamaat in New Delhi, India.
Srinagar, Mar 31: The management at Markaz Nizamuddin, Delhi Tuesday
issued a detailed statement about the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the
linking of several cases to the recent Tableeghi Jamaat congregation at the centre.
The Markaz clarified that it, right from the first day of lockdown, had
apprised the Delhi authorities of the situation and the steps taken by it to
mitigate the dangers, and also abide by the directions of the government.
The Kashmir Monitor is reproducing the entire statement
Markaz Nizamuddin is the international headquarters of Tabilghi
Jamaat for close to 100 years. Visitors/guests/devotees/worshippers from across
the globe throng the place for pre-scheduled programs lasting for no more than
3-5 days. All the programs are decided a year in advance in order to facilitate
visitors from far-off places to plan their participation.
When Hon’ble Prime Minister announced the “Janta
Curfew”, for 22nd March 2020, the ongoing program in Markaz Nizamuddin was
discontinued immediately, however due to sudden cancelation of rail services
across the country on 21′ March 2020, a large group of visitors who had to
depart by way of railways got stuck in the Markaz premises.
On 22nd March 2020, “Janta Curfew” was observed and
accordingly visitors were advised not to venture out until 9 PM as desired by
the Hon’ble Prime Minister, therefore the plans to move back to their native
places by way of means other than railways also did not materialize. Before the
Janta Curfew could be lifted at 9PM, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi
announced lockdown of Delhi beginning at 6AM on 23 March 2020 till 31 March
2020, thereby further diminishing any chances of these visitors availing road
transport for their journey back home. Despite this challenging situation, with
the help of Markaz administration, around fifteen hundred visitors left Markaz
Nizamuddin by availing whatever meagre transport was available.
Suddenly on the evening of 23rd March, a further nationwide
lockdown was announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister with clear message for
people to stay-put wherever they are. Under such compelling circumstances there
was no option for Markaz Nizamuddin but to accommodate the stranded visitors
with prescribed medical precautions till such time that situation becomes
conducive for their movement or arrangements are made by the authorities.
On 24’h March 2020, suddenly a notice was issued by SHO, P.S.
Hazrat Nizamuddin, seeking closure of Markaz premises. The same was responded
on 24’h March 2020, stating that the compliance of the directions regarding
closure of Markaz is already underway and around 1500 people had departed the
previous day, thus leaving around 1000 visitors belonging to different states
and nationalities in Markaz. It was also informed that the Ld. SDM concerned
had been requested to issue vehicle passes so that the remaining people could
be sent back to their native places outside of Delhi. It is relevant to
indicate here that lists of 17 vehicles with registration numbers along with
the names of the drivers plus their license details were submitted to the Ld.
SDM so that the stranded visitors/guests could be ferried towards their
destination. The requisite permission is still awaited.
On 25th March 2020, the Tehsildaar along with medical team
visited the Markaz, full cooperation was provided for their inspection as well
as in preparation of list of visitors, many of whom were examined by them.
On 26th March 2020, the Ld. SDM visited Markaz Nizamuddin and
called us for a further meeting with the Ld. DM. We met the Ld. DM, apprised
him of the stranded visitors and once again sought permission for the vehicles
arranged by us.
The next day, i.e. 27th March 2020, six persons were taken for
On 28th March 2020, the Ld. SDM and WHO team visited the Markaz
and 33 persons were taken for medical checkup to Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital.
Surprisingly on the same day another notice was issued, this time by the Office
of ACP, Lajpat Nagar, reiterating the prohibitory orders and warning of legal
action, this being totally oblivious of the above deliberations and steps that
had already been taken by Markaz Nizamuddin in consultation with the
authorities. However, the same was replied in detail vide letter dated 291h
Yesterday, 30th March 2020, a rumour started gaining ground
across social media that allegedly people affected with COVID-19 are present in
Markaz. It is also being circulated that certain deaths have occurred due to
the same. Unexpectedly, as reported by ANI, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi
went on to say that he has directed authorities to take legal action against
the administration of Markaz. It is humbly stated that if the above fact-check
could have been done by the Office of Hon’ble Chief Minister, the authorities
would have apprised him about their visits, deliberations and cooperation
extended by the Markaz in order to disperse the remaining visitors.
During this entire episode, Markaz Nizamuddin never violated any
provision of law, and always tried to act with compassion and reason towards
the visitors who came to Delhi from different states. It did not let them
violate the medical guidelines by thronging ISBTs or roaming on streets.
Markaz Nizamuddin would like to humbly offer the entire premises
as a quarantine facility to help the authorities tide-over the challenge of
current pandemic. Throughout its 100-year existence, Markaz Nizamuddin has an
unblemished history of cooperating with administration/ authorities and always
upholding the rule of law in letter and spirit. In the present challenge of
COVID-19, Markaz stands with the law enforcement authorities and shall remain
forthcoming in complying with all the guidelines issued by them.