Mosques, the place of worship for Muslims, and other public spaces where followers of the faith assemble for religious and political purposes — like Shaheen Bagh of Delhi where they are protesting against India’s amended citizenship law (CAA) for the past three months, inconveniencing other people of the city — seem to have become a den of traitors. Twelve foreigners have been arrested from the Digha Mosque of Kurji area of Patna, the capital of Bihar. They are said to have come from China, Italy and Iran.
The big question is how these foreigners entered Patna at the time of a nationwide lockdown. Who are the people who hid them in the mosque and what was their purpose in coming to India?
These 12 foreign nationals were hiding in the mosque located near Gate No. 74 of Kurji, Patna. When the people of the neighbourhood got information about this, they raised an alarm.
People can be heard saying in this video that these foreigners were brought in to spread the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the people of India.
The police took note of the commotion in a while and arrested all the foreign nationals.
According to a UNI report, the police took them to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna, for COVID tests. Police say these Chinese, Italians and Iranians reached Delhi via Kyrgyzstan and then moved to Patna in the morning of 23 March.
The foreigners have been moved to isolation wards for some time as per the Bihar health department.
The Janata Curfew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed for is practically still on in Patna and several other cities of Bihar. Patna reported its first death of COVID, which Sirf News had reported at length on Sunday. The dead man, Saif Ali, had recently travelled to Qatar. When he came back, while he was tested, he was not isolated initially. The test result showing he was infected arrived after his death. Chances are high, he spread the disease among his contacts in several cities.
The Bihar government has issued an order to shut down the cities of Bihar and keep them closed till 31 March. Patna reported two more COVID-positive cases on Sunday.
However, bus terminuses have reported heavy crowds and buses are seen with people on the roofs rushing to their respective villages.