New Delhi: In a new development in the ongoing controversy over the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, it has now been reported that the Niazamuddin Markaz (mosque), where the event took place in mid-march, is ‘illegal’ as it was built violating construction norms. Also Read - Indonesian National Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Event Tests Positive For COVID-19 in Prayagraj
According to reports, the existing building has been erected by joining two adjoining plots. Also, while the building has seven floors, its map is said to show just two. Additionally, house tax for the building, too, has never been filed. Also Read - Youth Shot Dead in UP's Prayagraj, Blamed Tablighi Jamaat of Spreading COVID-19
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is reportedly probing all documents related to the building and is also likely to take some action soon. Also Read - Malaysian Nationals, Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Congregation, Caught at Delhi Airport
The Nizamuddin Markaz, notably, is the Delhi headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat. The said congregation was held between March 13-15, when restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic were just about kicking in in the national capital. Around 9,000 people, including foreigners, attended this event.
Over 2,300 people were present in the mosque when the Delhi Police carried out a five-day ‘operation,’ from March 28-April 1, to evacuate them. By then, however, majority of the attendees had left, many of whom, when tracked down, tested positive for coronavirus, which meant that they might have transmitted the infection to all those who they came in touch with.
The congregation has been blamed for a major spike in COVID-19 positive cases in recent days. More than 1,000 of those who attended the gathering have tested positive for coronavirus.