Nizamuddin: Unauthorized Group Tried to Do Door-to-Door Fake Govt. Survey on COVID-19, Fled When Confronted by Residents
NEW DELHI, APRIL 4— A group of around 20 people descended on the Nizamuddin area in Delhi on Friday and started doing door-to-door survey on Coronavirus. They were carrying a form apparently from Health Services Directorate of the Delhi Government. As the local residents got suspicious of the questionnaire, they called the Health Services Directorate to check the authenticity of the survey. As soon as the Directorate denied any such survey was authorized in the area, the fake surveyors fled the area.
The one-page form in Hind had this title: Survey Form for Coronavirus. The form sought details like: Name of the family head, address of the house, Mobile No., number of family members. It also asked if any member of the family had fever/cough/running nose/breathing problem.
“It looked like both an NPR exercise and Coronavirus survey. People in the area got suspicious. They called the Health Directorate of the Delhi Government to verify the survey and surveyors. The department denied about any such survey. The locals against called the department and they again denied that any such survey was authorized. The residents also contacted the local MLA. He also denied about it. As the fake surveyors were watching all this. They fled the area as soon as the government department denied about the survey,” a local resident said.
"People became more suspicious because the surveyors were saying they were from Agha Khan Foundation but were carrying Delhi government health department form," said the resident.
Form that unauthorized surveyors were carrying.
He also informed that locals were able to catch one of the surveyors. He had no ID but a travel pass of lockdown. He was orally saying that he was from Agha Khan Trust.
Nizamuddin area is in news for the past some days after several hundred people from the Nizamuddin Markaz, the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat, were found infected with Coronavirus. Over 2,300 people, many of them foreigners, were stranded in the grand mosque of Nizamuddin since the lockdown imposed on March 22. They were taken out on March 30 and 31. While 617 of them were sent to hospitals, rest were sent to quarantine facilities.