10 policemen in Madhya Pradesh involved in searching for Tablighi Jamaat members hiding in various mosques of Bhopal have tested positive for Covid-19. Five of their family members have also tested positive. The total number of Covid-19 positive cases in Bhopal as on Tuesday evening was recorded at 83.
The 10 infected policemen include a city superintendent of police (CSP), a sub-inspector and eight constables; five of their family members have tested positive too. Other policemen who came in contact with the infected policemen are in self-quarantine, government officials said.
Inspector general (IG) of police, Bhopal, Upendra Jain, said: “There is a 99.99% chance that our policemen contracted the virus while conducting a search to locate those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi, in various mosques (in the city).”
He said, “Police personnel of mainly two police stations in Bhopal — Jehangirabad and Aishbagh — were involved in the search. Many of them stay in the residential colony on TT Nagar police station premises.”
According to police, as many as 32 jamaats including 7 foreign jamaats were traced as staying at various places in Bhopal with each of jamaat comprising about 12 persons. As many as 12 of the jamaats took part in the event in Delhi. Of these Tablighi jamaat members, at least 20 have tested positive for Covid-19.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan warned Tablighi Markaz people on Tuesday night that criminal cases will be lodged against them if they don’t disclose their whereabouts.
2 policemen stabbed while enforcing lockdown
Two policemen on lockdown enforcement duty were injured on Monday night after a mob attacked them in a Muslim-dominated old city area, Islam Nagar, of Bhopal.
Constable Laxman Yadav was stabbed on his neck with a knife while constable Satish Kumar sustained a stab wound on his left hand. Both have been admitted to a private hospital, Talaiya police station inspector DP Singh said.
“Nearly 19 people have been booked. Of these some have been identified. They attacked the policemen with knives, lathis and stones around 10 pm in Islam Nagar locality, the police official said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said those involved in the attack would face action under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).
दिन-रात एक कर जनता को इस महामारी से बचाने में लगे पुलिसकर्मियों पर हमला बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जाएगा!
"कबूतर" हो या "कचौड़ी", किसी को बख्शा नहीं जाएगा!
अराजकता फैलाने वाले गुंडे-बदमाशों को सबक सिखाना अतिआवश्यक है!
इन गुंडों पर राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा कानून के तहत कार्रवाई की जाएगी! pic.twitter.com/sKrnWBoaCX
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 7, 2020
5 people have been arrested under NSA on Tuesday for this attack – Shahid (35) alias ‘Kabootar’, Nafees Qureshi, Shahrukh Khan, Mohd. Javed and Mohd. Mohsin Khan alias ‘Kachori’.
Also on Tuesday, a medical team visiting Muslim-dominated Bilotipura area in Ujjain for a survey were verbally abused and threatened by the residents of the area. This follows an attack on female doctors, police and other health workers in Indore.
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