Nagpur: Stranded due to lockdown and a few because of Covid-19 infection, Tablighi Jamaatis (TJ) have started to return to their respective states. While 22 TJs have returned, 54 others are awaiting permission.
Nagpur Markaz secretary Abdul Bari Patel and his team is pursuing the matter. “Collector Ravindra Thakre is giving positive response to applications and allowing TJs’ return. Group of eight TJs from Jabalpur returned immediately after seven of them were discharged from the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital (IGGMCH). A group of 10 TJs from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, also left to their hometown a day ago in two four-wheelers. Three TJs of Sargaon in Chhattisgarh also left a day ago. One TJ from Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh left on Tuesday,” he said.
Seven Jabalpur-based TJs had tested positive. Guntur TJs were on their way back from Rajasthan when they were stopped by police at Saoner on April 3. They were quarantined at Lonara college and tested negative.
Patel told TOI, “Guntur TJs had been quarantined in Rajasthan before they were given permission to travel to their hometown. They faced testing and quarantine twice.”
Sargaon TJs had been quarantined at Lonara and were negative. A TJ from Shahdol had tested positive and was discharged from IGGMCH on Tuesday.
Patel also said, “33 TJs from New Delhi had arrived here in three groups on February 28, March 2 and 6. Eleven from Manipur are here since March 3. Their applications seeking permission to leave the city will be submitted on Wednesday.”
A group of 8 TJs from Myanmar is also staying in the city and going through legal course.
Apart from all these, a TJ couple of Chandrapur, which had returned from Indonesia and Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz, are under institutional quarantine at Vanamati. The duo had tested positive, completed 14-day isolation treatment at GMCH and also 14-day ‘home quarantine’ in Vanamati. They are yet to get permission to return to their hometown.

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