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Jaunpur Tablighi Jamaat Amir lodged in UP jail dies

Cardiac arrest is suspected as reason for his death. Jaunpur police has sent his body for post mortem

Thursday May 7, 2020 9:59 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Tablighi Jamaat Member Dies in UP

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Jaunpur (Uttar Pradesh): Naseem Ahmad, Tablighi Jamaat Amir (district chief) of Jaunpur, died at the district hospital of suspected cardiac arrest, according to police.

Naseem Ahmad, 65, reportedly a heart patient, was lodged at a temporary jail after his arrest in the first week of April for what officials claimed harbouring foreign nationals. He was shifted to the hospital after his condition deteriorated on Wednesday morning.

"Naseem Ahmad, who was booked in a case of arranging shelter for Tablighi Jamaat attendees, including 14 Bangladeshis', without reporting their presence to the district administration, was a heart patient and was hospitalized twice in the past nine days", Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agrawal said.

"Cardiac arrest is suspected as reason for his death. Jaunpur police has sent his body for post mortem", he added.

According to UP officials, Ahmad, a native of Firozpur in Jaunpur, had returned from Delhi after attending the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz at Nizamuddin in March.

After the event, a batch of 16 Jamaat members, including 14 "Bangladeshis", had reached Jaunpur.

These 16 members of the Tabligihi Jamaat initially stayed at Bada Masjid in city area but when police intensified drive against Jamaatis, Ahmad arranged a shelter for them near Lal Masjid in Saraikhwaja police station area.

On March 31, the Saraikhwaja police arrested 14 "Bangladeshis" along with Yasin Ansari of Jharkhand and Mohd Abul Motalib of West Bengal. All these persons were booked under appropriate sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, Passport Act and Foreigners Act.

"During investigation it came to light that Ahmad had arranged shelter for them, after which a case was lodged against him and he was arrested", the commissioner said.

"Initially, Ahmad was kept in quarantine centre where his COVID-19 test had also been conducted and he was found corona negative. Later, he was sent to a temporary jail created in a school premises by Jaunpur administration for epidemic offenders", he said.

On April 28, Ahmad's health deteriorated and he was admitted to the district hospital and also sent to BHU hospital for proper check-up. After his condition improved, he was sent back to the temporary jail.

He was admitted again to Jaunpur district hospital on April 30, from where he was discharged after improvement in his condition, police said.

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