Masjids in Pulwama to be declared quarantine centers if required

The authorities in Pulwama are mulling to convert mosques into quarantine centers, if required.

The move comes at a time when “some members” of a religious group in the Valley, who had traveled outside states for preaching, tested positive for covid-19 infection.

One among the group died on Thursday while undergoing treatment and many others including their family members who have come in contact with them, were directed to isolate themselves immediately.

They were put in quarantine centers set up by the government and their sample taken for examination. Few among the contacts have also tested positive for coronavirus.

There are apprehensions that various mosques in the district where the members of this group with outside travel history, were staying may spread the infection of covid-19 to other people visiting these mosques, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Raghav Langher said in an order.

It states that District Magistrate has desired all such mosques be designated as administrative quarantine centers under Sec 34 of Disaster Management Act 2005.

“The district administration is continuously appealing the people to adopt social distancing and avoid social and religious gatherings,” the orders say adding that section 144 CrPC is in place throughout the district and violators shall be dealt with accordingly.