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Coronavirus: Chief of Nizamuddin Markaz Maulana Saad flees after FIR was lodged against him

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 April 2020, 14:38 IST
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The Delhi Police has set up separate teams to hunt down the chief of Nizamuddin Markaz, Maulana Saad, who has fled after an FIR was registered against him.

Delhi Police source have told India Today that at least two separate teams are in western Uttar Pradesh to track down Mohammed Saad while his close relatives have been interrogated by the police to find out his location. The residences of his relatives have also been turned upside down.

Another team of Crime Branch is also trying to track down Saad in different mosques and places where he might be hiding. His mobile phone has also been switched off since the FIR was registered. In a recent audio clip, saad was heard saying the he is in self-isolation.

A technical team of Crime Branch has also started tracking the IP address of the audio of Saad which was posted on Wednesday.

According to India Today, the Delhi Police has been asked to make a list of Indians who were in attendance at the congregation.

Thousands of Indian nationals apart form 824 foreigners attended the congregation of Markaz at Delhi’s Nizamuddin before leaving for Chilla activities in various states. The Delhi Police is sharing the details of these individuals with law enforcement agencies of different states so that they can be hunted down and quarantined.

Police is also in contact with 14 hospitals where people who attended the congregation have been admitted after they were evacuted on Wednesday.

Once discharged, their statements will be registered by the police. More than 2361 people were evacuated by police and medical experts out of which 606 have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2. More than hundred individuals who attended the congregation have tested positive for coronavirus in the national thus far.

Police have also asked its officials to take safety measures while investigating the matter.

The police lodged an FIR against Maulana Saad an other members of the Tablight Jamaat under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and relevent sections of the IPC for disregarding government orders banning public gathering and maintaining social distance.

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First published: 2 April 2020, 13:20 IST