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Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Markaz case: 'Lockdown means lockdown, religion doesn't matter'

"When the government has said lockdown it means lockdown. It doesn't matter who you are or which religion you belong to. By not adhering to the lockdown rules set by the government, you are putting not only your life in danger but several other lives too", Nawazuddin Siddiqui said to India TV.

Joyeeta Mitra Suvarna Written by: Joyeeta Mitra Suvarna
New Delhi Updated on: April 01, 2020 11:54 IST
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Exclusive:Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Nizamuddin Markaz case: 'Lockdown means lockdown, religion doesn't matter'

In an exclusive video message to India TV, Bollywood actor Nawauddin Siddiqui spoke about Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz case and said that if the government has called for a lockdown then everyone should follow it religiously."When the government has called for a lockdown it means lockdown. It doesn't matter who you are or which religion you belong to. By not adhering to the lockdown rules set by the government, you are putting not only your life in danger but several other lives too", the actor said.

An audio tape of cleric Maulana Saad, who led a huge religious congregation in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, has emerged. In the audio clip, Maulana Saad is heard advising people to not leave mosques amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus. He went on to say that no disease was going to harm them. 

Maulana Saad was booked by the Delhi police on Tuesday for violating government orders on not organizing public gatherings and maintaining social distance to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

At least 441 people who attended the religious gathering organised by Nizamuddin-based Tablighi Jamaat are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in his daily briefing on the outbreak of the infection in the National Capital 

The Delhi CM also revealed that 1,107 of those who were present at the congregation, which was held at Nizamuddin Markaz between March 1 and 15, had been sent to a quarantine facility. Kejriwal highlighted that he called upon the Delhi's Lieutenant Governor to file an FIR against the organisers last night itself, for convening such a large event amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

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