No COVID-19 positive cases in Hazrat Nizamuddin for 65 days, area still sealed: Legal notice to South East Delhi DM for targeting Muslims
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No COVID-19 positive cases in Hazrat Nizamuddin for 65 days, area still sealed: Legal notice to South East Delhi DM for targeting Muslims

The notice states that a community of 20,000 people has been cut off from the society and termed as "corona spreaders".

Debayan Roy

A legal notice has been served upon Harleen Kaur, District Magistrate of South East Delhi, for "arbitrarily" keeping Hazrat Nizamuddin village sealed as a containment zone for more than 65 days despite the lack of COVID-19 cases.

The notice by President of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Village Residents Welfare Association (RWA) Yusuf Khan through Advocate Mehmood Pracha states that heavy police and CRPF deployment in the area has "terrorized the Muslim youth of the area".

The notice states that the South East Delhi DM, "in pursuance of a deep rooted conspiracy to defame the Muslim community without any justified reason", targeted the area and declared it as a containment zone since March 30.

The notice avers that containment restrictions have impaired the daily livelihood of people, which has left them on the verge of "starvation" and "destruction of their lives."

It further states that the residents of the Nizamuddin village have been termed as "Corona spreaders" and are being "socially boycotted". This is taking a toll on their livelihood and adding to their mental, emotional and financial trauma, the notice claims.

The notice states that this is the only case where a community of 20,000 people has been cut off from the society, whereas in other areas even if a positive case is found, only the building or the street is sealed.

Pracha, in the notice filed on behalf of his client, has urged the DM to show evidence that warrants sealing, failing which the area should be "de-sealed."

Read the Notice here.

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