DIMAPUR, April 4 - Following reports of the Tablighi Jamaat attendees going into hiding, various Naga organisations have appealed to the Nagaland Government to seal the State�s border with Assam and step up vigil in the border areas.
They said there are high chances that the attendees might take shelter in Dimapur district or adjoining areas close to the Assam border.
However, State Government spokesperson and Planning and Coordination and Land Revenue Minister Neiba Kronu on Friday said both the Health Department and the State control room for COVID-19 were separately tracking the persons who may have attended the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin.
He said till Friday, out of the 70 people from the State whose presence were found in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, they have been able to contact 62, including 22 in the State and 40 outside the State.
Kronu said out of the 22 persons in the State, only two were found to have attended the event at Nizamuddin Markaz. He appealed that if there was anyone else from Nagaland, who had attended the religious congregation, he should voluntarily come forward and report to the respective deputy commissioners.
The Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) on Saturday asked people to be on full alert and report to the authorities if they notice any new visitor or receive any information about presence of any attendee of the Nizamuddin event in the State.
The Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) demanded immediate sealing of the State�s border with Assam.
�If the lockdown is lifted, it will pose a serious risk of spreading the deadly virus which has caused a large number of deaths all over the world,� the Hoho said.
On the porous border with Assam, the CNTC said, �This is a very serious issue as many persons are now said to have gone into hiding and switched off their phones.�
It said this was not about communalising any group but to save the society from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council also demanded that a coronavirus testing laboratory be set up in Nagaland at the earliest.