Posted on April 1, 2020, 10:03 PM IST
After the Nizamuddin religious congregation turning into a hotspot for the COVID19 spike cases, it has been reported that over 200 devotees have been stranded inside a gurdwara in Delhi since the 21 day lockdown was announced.
As the news of these people leaked into the media the Delhi and Punjab authorities have swung into action and are currently evacuating over 200 Sikhs stranded at a gurdwara in the capital region's Majnu Ka Tilla area and will quarantine them in a Nehru Vihar school.
There are reports that Pakistan nationals are also among the 205 people stranded during the ongoing lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They are being taken to safety in buses, and most of them had been evacuated by the afternoon.
The operation is being conducted close on the heels of the discovery of a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a religious congregation at a Nizamuddin markaz. The markaz's cleric has been booked for violating government orders.
'PUNJAB CM AMARINDER DIDN'T ACT SWIFTLY'
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), blamed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for not swiftly rescued the stranded Sikhs. He said he had to seek the help of the Delhi and central governments.
All but three families at the gurdwara are Indian and mostly from Punjab, and the rest are from Pakistan, he said. They were stranded due to the lockdown and not due to a religious congregation, he said.
(Source: India Today)