New Delhi: Even as the nation continues to grapple with a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases due to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, held in the national capital in mid-March, it has now come to light that a similar event was scheduled to take place in Maharashtra as well, but was cancelled soon after the state reported its first two positive COVID-19 cases. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Chief Maulana Saad in Quarantine, Says Report; Raids Underway to Locate Him
According to reports, the event was scheduled to take place in Vasai, almost around the same time the Delhi congregation was going on. The organisers sought permission from the police in January, which they were granted next month. However, later, when the police learnt that thousands of people would be attending the congregation and with two confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported from the state, the permission for the event was revoked early March. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Congregation: States Scramble to Find Trails, Mode of Transport; Whereabouts of Maulana Saad Not Known
The organisers, state reports, initially said that they would go ahead with the congregation but relented on being warned of legal action by the state government. As many as 50,000 people were expected to attend the gathering. Also Read - Central Govt Bans Tourist Visas to Tablighi Activists From Abroad With Immediate Effect
In recent days, there has been a massive spurt in COVID-19 positive cases in the country due to the Delhi congregation, which took place between March 13-15. Already, at least 10 attendees have died due to the infection.
1,400 people from Maharashtra, out of whom 1,300 have been traced and sent to quarantine, had attended the congregation. With over 400 confirmed cases, it is lso the worst COVID-19 affected state in the country.
Delhi, meanwhile, has reported 293 confirmed cases, of which 182 are linked to the Jamaat. On Thursday, 141 positive cases (which took its tally to 293), out of which 129 were from the Jamaat.