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The first batch of 37 migrant workers alighted from the special train at Mariani railway junction in Upper Assam’s Jorhat on Thursday.

In a separate vehicle nine persons who had attended the infamous Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, also returned to Jorhat.

Jorhat DC Roshni A Korati said the nine Tablighi Jamaat members had returned to Jorhat from Rajasthan.

“They have been tested and found negative for COVID-19 in Rajasthan. Hence they will be sent for home quarantine after stamping. We have taken their samples also, as is the procedure for all incoming passengers from other States,” Korati further said.

The Tablighi Jamaat became infamous as soon as six persons who were connected to Nizamuddin Markaz died of Covid 19 in Andhra Pradesh.

There was widespread infection in all states of India due to the infected attendees who returned to their respective home state including Assam.

The deputy commissioner further informed that all of them belonged to the Deberapara area of Jorhat near Mariani.

Korati said out of 37 train passengers screened today 19 belonged to Jorhat, 1 to Majuli, 15 to Golaghat and 2 to Sivasagar.

All of them would be put to home or institution quarantine.

From May 6 till date 565 people who arrived by own vehicles or ambulances have been screened in Jorhat.

Two hotels in Jorhat, Jora Palace and MD’s Hotel, located in crowded areas of the town have been withdrawn as quarantine facilities.

The Jorhat district unit of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had expressed concern at the roping in of hotels as quarantine facilities for migrants returning to the state due to their location in the middle of the town a couple of days ago.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: