New Delhi: Eleven members of Tablighi Jamaat allegedly fled a mosque in Shirur tehsil of Pune district after they were instructed to remain isolated there for possible exposure to novel coronavirus, police said on Friday. According to police, none of them had attended the religious congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month, which has emerged as a key source for the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown News Today: After Bengaluru, 'Complete Shutdown' Re-imposed in Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad And Kalaburagi Districts | Details Here

They had been in Pune district since February 22, police said. Also Read - Coronavirus in Telangana Crosses 39,000-mark With 1,597 New Cases, 11 Fresh Deaths

“They are originally from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. None of the 11 members had attended the Nizamuddin event, but they had been stamped ‘home quarantine’ on April 1 as a precautionary measure,” a senior officer from Pune rural police said. Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Top 13.2 Million : Johns Hopkins

“They had come to Pune on February 22. Till March 6, they were in Nana Peth area of the city and later moved to a mosque in Shirur,” he said.

After the Delhi incident came to light, we instructed these 11 persons to remain isolated in the mosque and stamped them, the officer said.

“On the day they were stamped, all these people somehow escaped in a vehicle. Today, when our people went for checking, they could not be found,” he said. A case has been registered against them for breaking the rules of home quarantine and a search has been launched, he added.