UP: NSA charges invoked against quarantined Tablighi Jamaat members for misbehaving with hospital nurses

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday ordered the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) against the Tablighi Jamaat patients in Ghaziabad for allegedly misbehaving with nurses while being in quarantine at the district hospital’s isolation ward.

Tablighi Jamaat members quarantined allegedly misbehaved with the nurses, making lewd remarks and dropping their pants.

The six Jamaat members at the district hospital were shifted to an isolation ward set up at a private educational institute after the complaint against them. They are among the thousands who attended a religious congregation at the organisation’s New Delhi headquarter, now being seen as a coronavirus hotspot.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called those involved in the incident ‘enemies of humanity’.

“They will neither accept the law nor follow arrangements. Whatever they did with women health workers is a heinous crime,” he said.

“The NSA is being invoked against them. We will not leave them,” he said, according to a government statement in Lucknow.

The Ghaziabad police said the Jamaat members were booked for indulging in ugly acts and passing lewd remarks against the women staff members at the hospital. A case was registered against them at the GT Road Kotwali on receiving a complaint from the chief medical officer.

Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said stringent action will be taken against them.

The NSA allows preventive detention up to 12 months without a charge if the authorities are satisfied that the person is a threat to the national security or law and order.

Over 150 members of the Jamaat have been quarantined at different hospitals in Ghaziabad.

(With agency inputs)

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