Bengal govt quarantines 54 Tablighi Jamaat participants

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The West Bengal government has quarantined 54 persons including 40 foreigners who attended the religious congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in New Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Baneree said on Wednesday.

71 people from the state attended the congregation, Banerjee told the media here.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) we quarantined 54 of the participants at the quarantine centre. The central government earlier informed us that 71 had attended the religious programme from our state,” the chief minister said.

Banerjee said 40 of those quarantined were foreigners who came from Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. “We identified and picked them up.”

The state government has received information of more participants from Bankura, North Dinajpur districts. “We have got two names form Magrahat in 24 Parganas (South) district also”.

“We will enquire. If any of them had gone to Nizamuddin, I hope they will report to police on their own. No need to panic over this congregation,” she said.

Banerjee hoped that 30 more people who attended the congregation would be quarantined on Wednesday.

The chief minister said the information about foreigners are maintained by the external affairs and home ministries at the centre.

“We came to know of it very late. But those who came here are cooperating,” she said.

Banerjee appealed to all those who attended the congregation or came in contact with those who had participated to come forward and report to the government.

“Then we can put you in quarantine either at home or at a quarantine centre. You don't have to worry about the quarantine centre. It is just like another home for you,” she added



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