Seven more Tablighis emerge in Varanasi zone

Varanasi: The repeated appeals from the government and district administrations of people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregations in Delhi and elsewhere seem to be falling on deaf ears. Police, however, succeeded in tracing out
seven more such individuals in its exercise till Saturday morning.

The detection of seven more Tablighi Jamaat event attendees in the ongoing police search operation has taken their number to 222 in Varanasi zone.

ADG Varanasi zone Brij Bhushan said, “Till April 9, Azamgarh police had found 36 Tablighi Jamaat attendees, while in past 48 hours two more were found there after which their figure in this district rose to 38. Mau cops also found two more Tablighi Jamaat event attendees taking their number in the district to 26.”

One each Tablighi Jamaat event participant was also found in Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur, he said.

So far, 43 Tablighi Jamaat members have been found in Varanasi, 16, including 11 Bangladeshis, in Bhadohi, four in Chandauli and 17 in Sonbhadra.

Among the 25 Covid-19 positive cases in Varanasi zone so far, 17 are Tablighi Jamaat event attendees and people connected to them, the ADG said.

We are ensuring lockdown implementation and are taking action against the violators. As many as 2,106 FIRs have been registered in 10 districts under the zone and 3,059 arrested in this connection so far, said Bhushan.

Besides, police have arrested 32 people for over pricing and black marketing of essential goods and lodged 73 FIRs under appropriate sections of essential commodities act.

Police have also seized 4,268 vehicles and challaned 50,019 vehicles and realised Rs 20.92 lakh in penalty so far.

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