Assam Police Registers FIR Against Maulana Saad of Markaz Nizamuddin on Charges of "Bio-Terrorism"
Abdurrahman Aman | India Tomorrow
GUWAHATI, APRIL 6—Assam Police on Sunday registered a criminal case against top leadership of the Tablighi Jamaat including Maulana Saad and several local Tablighi leaders. However, no arrest has yet been made.
The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint made by one Eashankur Saikia who alleged the Tablighi leadership has indulged into "bio-terrorism" by spreading coronavirus. The Tablighi Markaz at Hazrat Nizamuddin is being described as coronavirus ‘hotspot’ orepicentre of Covid-19 as about 25 per cent of the coronavirus positive cases have been reported from those having attended the Tablighi congregation or those who came in contact with these people.
The FIR was filed at Changsari police station in Kamrup district, saying that 25 of 26 people infected by Covid-19 were linked with the Tablighi congregation.
Police invoked provisions under Section 270 of IPC against the central as well as several state leaders of the Tablighi Jamaat. Section 270 of IPC states: “Whoever malignantly does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both”.
Besides naming Maulana Mohammed Saad Kandhalwi in the FIR, Saikia has also named five of Tablighi leaders of the state who are reported to have attended the Delhi congregation.
However, no arrest was made in the case till the writing of this report as all the state leaders went into hiding after the news about the booking of FIR became public,.
According to media reports, several hundred people from the state had attended the Delhi congregation and who disclosed about their participation administration, have been isolated. However, some people who attended the congregation, have allegedly gone missing.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has appealed all those who participated in the Delhi to come forward and help the government in fighting the deadly disease.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma threatened that if the participants did not come and tell the government about their participation in the event, a criminal case will be filed against them. “Strict action will also be taken against those who provide shelter to these people”, Sarma said.
A 55-year old man from Karimganj district, who reportedly visited Nizamuddin Markaz, was the first person who was tested as coronavirus positive on March 30.
The number of corona positive cases have now increased to 26.