The Assam Police has issued an ultimatum to the attendees of the Tablighi Jamat or any person who have been to any place which was said to be affected by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to identify themselves and visit their nearest health centre by 6 am on Tuesday or else they will have to face legal actions.
In a statement, the Assam Police said that all such individuals who have been to Nizamuddin or any place that was affected by COVID-19 should present themselves at their nearest hospital or public health centre by 6 am on Tuesday. These people can also call the helpline number 104 in order to inform the authorities about their presence and the condition they are in.
The police said that if these persons “deliberately” fail to present themselves or inform the authorities on their locations by the given deadline then the police will be bound to impose strict actions against them including the people sheltering or who are hiding their information.
The might be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act.
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the government will file charges under the Disaster Management Act against the people linked with the Nizamuddin issue if they do not voluntarily identify themselves by Tuesday.
Sarma speaking to the media so far 831 people linked to the Nizamuddin area have been identified and 431 samples out of these have been collected while several are yet to identify themselves. 100 of the identified persons have no links with the Tablighi Jamat while 50 have not yet returned to the state. Anyone who is linked with the incident and if they fail to identify themselves, the government will file FIR under the Disaster Management Act against them.
He added that currently process to identify the attendees of the Jamat is going on and very soon all the persons will be identified. Apart from this Rs 2.15 crore have been released for the quarantine expenses of the people under isolation and the Deputy Commissioners will also be granted a fund of Rs 50 lakh each for the quarantine facilities.