New Delhi: As Nizamuddin Markaz’s Tablighi Jamaat meet emerged as the flaring point for coronavirus positive cases in India, the event has drawn much criticism. The latest in that series is Karnataka BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje who has said it was an effort to spread coronavirus. “Most of the attendees of that event are untraceable. There seems to be ‘corona Jihadi plan’ behind that meeting,” the MP said. So far, 1023 COVID-19 cases have been linked to the congregation. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591

Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad on Saturday said the Tablighi Jamaat event held in Delhi last month was allowed by the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah and not by the Delhi Police.  “How could the event be allowed to be held in Delhi? Who granted the permission? Delhi Police is under Amit Shah and not under (chief minister) Arvind Kejriwal. Amit Shah had given permission for the event. Who is to be blamed then?” he said. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases



Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said people who attended the congregation in Delhi should be “caught” and their mobile phones seized to examine call details. The chief minister said the “intentional violation of social distancing norms or spreading of chaos”, despite the lockdown, are part of a well planned conspiracy, the Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement issued here. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gurugram: Private Hospitals to Face Action if Patients Refused Treatment

“Be very strict with such people. Those who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event should be caught. Seize their mobile phones and check their call details. Examine their belongings and if anything suspicious is found, seize it. Pay special attention to the cleanliness and sanitisation of the places where such people are staying,” Adityanath directed members of ‘Team-11’.



Several incidents of the participants abusing, attacking health personnel across the country are also being reported.