City cops in search of 380 Covid suspects from Indonesia as 6 die

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Cops checking the 1200 Indonesian Muslims lodged in a Markaz Masjid in Nizamuddin early today.

At a time when the Country could successfully contain the spread of Coronavirus through the lockdown has suddenly received a shock last night after the police raided a Markaz masjid in Nizamuddin in New Delhi and arrested over 1200 people housing inside the mosque.

The country woke up to the shock this morning with at least 6 Covid deaths reporting from the Telangana alone following which the Delhi police took up a late-night operation and found to its utter surprise that over 3000 people have gathered to attend an annual religious mela inside the mosque in Delhi out of which over 1800 foreigners from Indonesia have attended the meet. The religious event was held from March 13-15 a day-before the lockdown was declared. Majority among them had to remain indoor inside the masjid in the absence of any transportation. They are all said to have legally arrived in India to the religious meet. All the arrested were shifted to the quarantine centres in New Delhi.

However, at least 1800 people said to have managed to move out and spread over to different parts of the country including 380 people in Telangana and 100 people in Andhra Pradesh. The Covid patients found in Karimnagar and Hyderabad said to have belonged to this batch including a 65-year-old who died in Srinagar colony two days ago. He was found to be a Covid positive which came to light only after his death when tested on suspicion. The six deaths that occurred last night also tested positive and belong to the same batch.

It is also said that the police could obtain a list of 380 people who arrived in the state. They include 200 people who have spread in different parts of various districts while 180 people reside in Hyderabad.

Hence, the city police are on the job to shift all of them to quarantine centres including their family members. Efforts are also on to trace their other social contacts.

In another incident, Madannapet police arrested two youth for what they said hurling petrol bombs in Hindu temples with an intention to create communal riots in Santoshnagar area in the city. They revealed that they were also responsible for the destruction of an ATM in Chandrayangutta and torching an RTC bus in Santoshnagar. Police are investigating.

However, it seems there is more to it than what meets the eye behind this chain of incidents. Analysts say that there is a larger conspiracy behind these incidents to destabilize the society, especially in view of the CAA episode which was vehemently opposed by a certain section of the Muslim community.

There is no iota of doubt about a certain section of the Muslim community nurturing a grudge against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for what they see losing Babri Masjid in Ramjanmabhumi case, triple talaq and now CAA, and NPR. There is also no denial that the priority of these sections is to fight against Modi rather than Covidvirus.

Hence, 1800 Indonesians camping in Delhi and spreading the Covid virus across the country may be a part of their conspiracy to wage a bio-war against India. However, it is not to be forgotten that whoever resorts to such war would become its first victims. It would be advisable for the police to investigate from this angle.