Varanasi: While a search is on across the state in the wake of coronavirus spread to locate the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, at least 16 people including 14 Bangladeshis were taken under custody and 30 others were quarantined in Jaunpur district on Tuesday.
According to reports, the Bangladeshi nationals with two Indians were staying in a rented house in Lal Darwaja locality in Sarai Khwaja police station area without informing the local police. Acting on an intelligence of central agencies, the police raided the house and took them under custody.
The 14 Bangladeshis were identified as Haji Hafizur Rahman Ima, Rafikul Islam, Mainuddin Naeem, Ismail, Nuruddin Sahil, Aminul Islam, Mahboob Rehman, Arimul Islam, Roshan Ahmad, Alameen, AK Faizul Haq, Aquib Hassan Mahboob, Firdaus and Saiful Islam were caught from there. They were accompanied by Yasin Ansari of Jharkhand and Mohd Abul Motalib of West Bengal.
According to Sarai Khwaja inspector Satya Prakash Singh, these persons were booked under sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, Passport Act and Foreigners Act. They were taken to a shelter house where team of doctors was called to examine them. The police are also investigating the role of a local cleric Maulana Mujeeb Aqil, resident of Dehri locality in Kerakat area, who had arranged their accommodation without informing the police.
Meanwhile 30 persons, who had arrived Jaunpur by bus on March 29 after attending Tablighi Jamaat, were staying at Shia College. After knowing about their presence, the local authorities swung into action and put them in quarantine at the same place. Further investigation as well as health check up was on.