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U.P. MP offers reward for info on people who concealed Tablighi Jamaat link, foreign trip

BJP Lok Sabha MP from Salempur Ravindra Kushwaha.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A BJP Lok Sabha MP in Uttar Pradesh has announced a reward of ₹11,000 for people in his constituency for providing accurate details of persons linked to the Tablighi Jamaat or those who have returned from abroad but concealed information from the administration.

BJP MP from Salempur Ravindra Kushwaha has released a poster online appealing people to provide information about persons linked to the Tablighi Jamaat or those who have come from abroad. He asks residents of Salempur to provide details of those persons to the administration who are suspected of COVID-19 but have not revealed information.

Those providing “accurate information” about such people will be rewarded with ₹11,000, the two-time MP from the east U.P. constituency said.

The online poster carries two phone numbers on which residents can provide information to the MP.

The identity of the person providing the information will not be revealed, the poster said.

However, it also stresses that those providing these tip-offs will have to furnish proof about the suspect activities of those they are reporting. Moreover, the amount will be deposited to them once the sample of the person they have reported comes out positive.

Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Kushwaha said his intention was to prevent the spread of the disease for the collective good.

“Even now, after some many days of Corona spread, people are still hiding in various places,” he said.

“So my appeal is to them, come out, get tested, and if anyone is ill or infected, they will be treated.”

Mr. Kushwaha said he announced the reward to people so that those suspected of being infected don’t spread it to others.

Apne ghar-parivar ko toh bachaye hi, samaaj ko bhi bachaye (They should ensure the safety of their families but also of the society),” Mr. Kushwaha said.

As in the past, such campaigns could lead to a lot of false alarms and harassment of people on the basis of mere allegations, or to settle scores.

However, Mr. Kushwaha is confident the facts would be verified instantly.

“I am in my Lok Sabha area. If anyone provides me fake information, I will instantly investigate it,” he said.

Till Saturday afternoon, he was yet to get a single response. “When I find the first case, I will tell you,” he said.

Salempur Lok Sabha constituency is located on the eastern fringes of U.P., combining parts of Deoria and Ballia districts.

No COVID-19 cases have been reported from these two districts.

U.P. has recorded 25 deaths and 1,621 positive cases so far.

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