UP CM orders tough action against Tablighi Jamaat members for misbehaving with nurses

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The Tablighi Jamaat members had contracted the coronavirus at the convention held at Nizamuddin in Delhi in mid March

Taking a serious view of reports alleging assault on nurses and obscene behaviour at a hospital in Ghaziabad by Talighi Jamaat members, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday ordered booking of the offenders under the stringent National Security Act.

He directed the officials to not allow a repeat of Indore-like incident in the state. He described the accused people “enemies of humanity.”

They will not follow the law, nor will they accept order. They are the enemies of humanity, what they have done with women healthcare providers is a heinous crime. We are invoking the National Security Act against them, we will not spare them," Yogi Adityanath said.

Media reports said that some members of the Jamaat who were taken for check-ups at city hospitals had misbehaved with police personnel and government officials and some others who were hospitalised were accused of rude behaviour with the nursing staff.

The Ghaziabad authorities have so far quarantined 156 people from the Jamaat and attempts were on to trace several others they came in contact with after attending the religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin in the month of March.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) N K Gupta said 90 people were quarantined at Sunder Deep Collage, 56 at Surya Hospital in Murad Nagar and five each at the MMG Government Hospital and the combined hospital in Sanjay Nagar.

""An incident like Indore where doctors were attacked should not be seen anywhere in the state. For this, we will take whatever action is required by law," he said.

The Tablighi members, quarantined at Ghaziabad's MMG Hospital, have also been accused of endangering staff by violating coronavirus precautions. They passed lewd comments, roamed about without clothes in the isolation ward and kept asking for beedis and cigarettes, according to a written complaint to the police by the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital (with inputs from NDTV and Hindustan Times).

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