9 youth s from Mumbai detained in Darrang
The youths from Mumbai who were detained in Darrang. Image credit - Northeast Now

Darrang Police on Sunday detained 9 people, all from Mumbai, who were hiding in the residence of one Yakub Ali at Komarpara village under Kharupetia police station.

“The persons, mostly youths, were taking shelter in Yakub Ali’s residence since the day of the announcement of nationwide lockdown,” said police.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from March 24 midnight.

Prior to the lockdown, the detained youth were visiting various mosques of the district in religious activities.

Police said with the help of Yakub Ali they kept themselves hidden without informing the nearest police station or other authorities.

The role the local village head and the Village Defence Party (VDP) members are also under the scanner of the police.

The nine youths have been identified as Danis Ali, Kafil Ali, Samser Ahmed, Jayed Ali, Ajmal, Mubashir, Saniulla, Habibur, Akram and Sayeb Ali.

While rumours were spread that the youths have links with Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz, Darrang superintendent of police Amrit Bhuyan has ruled out any such possibility.

Talking to Northeast Now, Darrang superintendent of police Bhuyan said, “They came to the district in the month of February last. They have not come from Nizamuddin.”

“All of them have been admitted to the hospital and are quarantined with the help of the health department,” Bhuyan maintained.

It may be mentioned that the Tablighi Jamaat event was held in Delhi Nizamuddin Markaz from March 13-15.

Sensation prevailed across Assam after the detention of the 9 youths as most of the COVID19 positive cases confirmed in the state have links with Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com