Around 100 people attended from Kashmir
Jammu Kashmir government is tracking around 885 people who have a recent travel history of visiting Nizamuddin in New Delhi which is turning out to be a "breeding ground" for the spread of coronavirus in India.
According to a list, a copy of which is in possession with this newspaper, at least 855 people from Jammu Kashmir visited Nizamuddin during the past month while they were in New Delhi.
More than 2000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan, attended the congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat from March 13 to 15.
The congregation has thrown up several coronavirus positive cases, many of them belonging to different districts of Jammu Kashmir.
Officials told Rising Kashmir that at least 100 people from Jammu Kashmir had participated in the religious congregation held at a markaz in Nizamuddin.
"We are tracking all people who have visited the area during the past month, irrespective of whether they were part of the religious congregation or had visited the place to relish food or were staying in a hotel in the area," they said.
The first coronavirus death of a 65-year-old man in Kashmir also had a travel history of visiting Tableeghi Jamaat in Nizamuddin.
He had come in contact with several people in Jammu Kashmir on his return, many of who tested positive after being put under quarantine.
Meanwhile, talking to Rising Kashmir, one of the people mentioned in the list said he got a call from Police Station Khanyar seeking his whereabouts.
"The Police officer told me to get tested for coronavirus but I told him that I am still in Delhi, to which he replied, 'Then it is ok, stay there,'" he said.
The person had stayed in a guest house in Nizamuddin for two days from March 12 before moving on to another place with his friends.
"I didn't visit the Markaz. My family is worried now," he said. "Even my neighbours have started keeping distance with my family after they heard that my name is in the list."
Similarly, another person whose name is in the list, said he only boarded a train from Nizamuddin railway station to Hyderabad on 29 February but never visited the markaz.
However, both the persons maintained that they would cooperate with the authorities and were ready to go for self-quarantine.
Another Kashmiri, whose name is in the list, said they have their own house in Nizamuddin and were currently residing there.
"I got a call from Hazratbal police station but once they came to know that we are permanent residents of Nizamuddin, they hang up the phone," he said.
At least 50 people have tested positive in Jammu Kashmir with most cases suspected to be exposed to infection related to a gathering at a Masjid of Tableeghi Jamaat.
On Monday, around 200 people from the Nizamuddin area were taken to hospitals for COVID-19 testing in Delhi after half a dozen tested positive for the virus.