Nizamuddin: Restricions Removed After 24 Hours of Legal Notice to DM, Says SC Lawyer

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Forensic officials arrive at Nizamuddin Markaz to conduct an investigation, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi on April 5, 2020. — File photo

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The District Magistrate of South-East Delhi has removed the restriction imposed on Nizamuddin which hosts the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat. This came within 24 hours of the RWA of Hazrat Nizamuddin Village serving a legal notice on the DM.

The area was sealed on March 30 when around 2,300 people were evacuated from the Jamaat headquarters, popularly known as Markaz. A few days later, around 400 of them were found to be infected with Coronavirus. However, none of the local residents were found to be infected in door-to-door medical screening conducted by the government authorities.

In the legal notice on 6 June, RWA president Yusuf Khan said the area was sealed on March 30 “without evidence of even a single positive case of Covid-19” and charged the authorities of pursuing “a deep-rooted conspiracy to defame the Muslim community…”

The legal notice addressed to District Magistrate, Harleen Kaur, said: “You the addressee in pursuance of a deep-rooted conspiracy to defame the Muslim community without any justified reason targeted the Hazrat Nizamuddin Village and sealed the Hazrat Nizamuddin area on 30.03.2020 as Containment Zone of Covid-19 without evidence of even a single positive case of Covid-19 being detected.”

“Hazrat Nizamuddin Village is arbitrarily being kept by you the addressee under Covid-19 containment zone without any positive case being reported or any justification legal or in terms of the covid-19 lockdown guidelines issued by the government of India in this regard which is causing a great hardship to the residents of Hazrat Nizamuddin village. The residents of Hazrat Nizamuddin Village are unable to earn their livelihood or make any movement for their day to day lives and are on verge of starvation and destroying their lives,” said LiveLaw.in quoting from the notice.

“Restrictions removed within 24 hours of this legal notice. This is the power of #Ambedkar Sahab’s #Constitution,” advocate Mahmood. Pracha announced on Twitter around midnight. The legal notice was drafted by Pracha.

A local resident confirmed to Clarion India that restrictions were lifted on June 8. He also said that for the past two weeks, eminent local residents including former Mayor of Delhi Farhad Suri were working hard for unsealing of the area. Though the restrictions were lifted, he said, shops in the immediate vicinity of the Nizamuddin Markaz remained shut on June 9.

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