LAHAN, April 1: 18 persons who have recently returned from the Indian capital New Delhi after participating in a religious fair at Nizamuddin Mosque (Markaz) have been kept in quarantine in Saptari.
According to spokesperson of Kanchanrup municipality Raj Kumar Shah, those India returnees have been quarantined at a newly constructed building of Lakshmi Naryan Secondary School. He further said that they are yet to confirm whether all of them had participated in Markaz.
They arrived in Bairawa on Tuesday night. According to them, they returned to Nepal as attendants of Markaz started dying of coronavirus disease. “We changed many vehicles. Finally, we entered Nepal through Bhimnagar border point,” they said.
In the fair that was held between March 5 to 13, more than 2000 participants had attended. Most of them had left for their home before March 24. However, more than 1000 were left stuck due to nationwide lockdown enforced by the Indian government.
According to the municipality’s education section chief Lalit Narayan Yadav, villagers were scared when it was revealed that Habib Mansuri returned from Delhi. Mansuri who is from Bhairahawa had also participated in the fair. “He was found to have been hiding in his home. We are sending him to Dharan for the lab test,” Yadav said. His family members were also sent to quarantine.