States warn Jamaat attendees 'underground'

Several states have warned members to declare their attendance at the Nizamuddin congregation last month or face legal action. Some states have already taken action.

Uttar Pradesh's additional chief secretary Awanish Awasthi said: Either they volunteer or the government will take action against them under the Epidemic Law.

About 1,500 UP Tablighis who attended the Delhi meeting have been identified and more than 1,200 of them quarantined. By Monday, 159 of them had tested positive for Covid-19.

Ahmednagar, Maharashtra police have taken legal action against 35 Tablighi members, including 29 foreigners, while Chhattisgarh police filed an FIR on Monday against 16 Tablighi Jamaat members.

Haryana's Interior Minister Anil Vij set a deadline of April 8 for self-declaration. He said that of the 74 positive patients in the state as of Monday, 44 were members of Tablighi Jamaat.

Following the Himachal Pradesh DGP's warning, 12 Tablighi members revealed on Monday that they had attended the Delhi event. From April 6 onward, we will record cases under Section 307 (attempted murder) if the police catch any Tablighi member who is concealing their attendance in it, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (law and order) of Uttarakhans.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said on Monday: We have decided that whoever comes out (from his hiding place) tomorrow (Tuesday), the government will register cases against him for voluntary disobedience under the Disaster Management Law . At least 128 Jamaat returnees are still at large in the state, he said.

Gujarat police arrested a person from Dariapur on Monday for not disclosing that he had attended the Delhi event.