Haryana: More than 25,500 Tablighi Jamaat members and their contacts have been quarantined in the country till now. This comes after the Union and state governments conducted a "mega operation" to identify them.

Joint secretary Punya Salila Srivastava, during the daily briefing, told reporters that five villages in Haryana have been sealed and the residents have been quarantined as "foreign members" of this Islamic organisation had stayed there.

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She added that 1,750 foreign-based members of the Jamaat, out of the total 2,083, have been blacklisted till now by the Indian government.

These people and their contacts were identified and quarantined after the Union government and states conducted a "mega operation", she said.

Action taken against Tablighi Jamaat members:

Action against Tablighi Jamaat members was taken after over 2,300 activists were found to be living at its headquarters in Nizamuddin West in Delhi last week, despite the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus.

At least 9,000 people participated in the religious congregation in Nizamuddin last month, after which many of the attendees travelled to various parts of the country.

Srivastava said Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla has written to all the states and Union Territories on Monday asking them to ensure that the supply chain of medical oxygen, critical for treatment of COVID-19 affected people, should go on smoothly and these directions should be "implemented strictly" while following norms of social distancing and proper hygiene.