By Dheeraj Kumar
Patna: Alarmed over at least 24 Tablighi Jamaat participants testing positive for Covid-19, Bihar authorities are in high alert mode to identify such people in the state, who came in contact with them.
Samples of 17 Muslim clerics in Patna and those of 11 clerics have been taken in Buxar even as efforts have been intensified to trace others. Only recently, Patna district administration had quarantined seven Maulvis of Kyrgyzstan after picking them up from Sangi mosque in Phulwarisharif in Patna and also eight more Maulvis and their two guides, who were staying in a house in Samanpura area.
Preliminary tests of all of them were conducted but their samples were also taken on Tuesday when Tablighi Jamaat participants tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, miscreants pelted stones on police personnel and also allegedly opened fire when cops tried to stop them from carrying on a collective religious function at Gidarganj under Andhartharhi police station area in Madhubani district last evening.
Superintendent of police Dr Satya Prakash, however, denied there was any firing at the village. Besides a villager, block development officer, circle officer and officer-in-charge of the police station concerned were also injured in the incident.
Reports said that cops reached the village when they received information that some Muslim clerics from foreign countries had assembled near the house of former Mukhiya cum block RJD president and were engaged in some collective religious function.
Tablighi Jamaat was founded by Muhammed Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in Mewat in 1927 with an aim of spiritual reformation of Islam. Started as an offshoot of the Deobandi movement, the Tablighi Jamaat believes that Muslims are in a constant spiritual Jihad, fighting the evil using the weapon of proselytization. They believe the battles are won or lost in the “hearts of men”.
The Tablighi Jamaat operates its headquarters from Nizamuddin where it has Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid and a six-storeyed dormitory where it can house around 2,000 people.
Meanwhile, with the detection of two more Corona positive cases in Nalanda and Begusarai districts, the total number of of positive cases in Bihar has increased to 23.
The total number of Corona positive cases had increased from 15 to 21 after 6 more cases were found to be positive late last evening. Of the six new cases reported as positive, four were from Siwan, one each from Gaya and Gopalganj districts.