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Tablighi Jamaat leader booked for culpable homicide after attendees succumb to death due to COVID-19

Tablighi Jamaat leader, Maulana Saad Kandhalvi who organised the religious gathering at Nizamuddin in the month of March violating the protocol of social distancing has been booked for culpable homicide. The social distancing protocol was ordered by the government with an aim to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus outbreak. Many attendees of the religious congregation died due to the complications arising due to the coronavirus infection.

The Police officials stated the FIR was booked against the leader of the religious gathering after many attendees were tested positive for the COVID-19 with few even succumbing to death due to the disease in IPC section 304, which accuses the leader of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. This religious gathering turned out to be a hotspot for spread of coronavirus in India.  Some foreigners who attended the event have also been booked for violation of visa norms. The police also stated that the Delhi Police had contacted the leaders of the religious leaders at Nizamuddin on 21st March and reminded them of social distancing protocol which prohibits any form of gathering of more than 50 people. Despite repeated efforts, the leaders did not obey the government orders and did not inform any government agencies about the enormous gathering of 9,000 people including foreigners,

Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, who was earlier booked for the coronavirus violations, had a FIR registered against the cleric on March 31. In an audio message, Kandhalvi, claimed that he himself was exercising self-quarantine after hundreds of people who visited the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamudddin had tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News

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