In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and even as Delhi police asks the Shaheen Bagh protesters to call off their agitation, one of the organisers of another anti-Citizenship Act protest in the national capital has tested positive for the coronavirus, reported The Republic.
The man has been identified as 35-year-old Tabrez Khan, the leader of the Jahangirpuri protests.
Earlier, Tabrez’s sister was tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Saudi Arabia on March 11.
A resident of Jahangirpuri’s Eidgah road, Tabrez was admitted to Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital’s isolation ward on Wednesday night. The Republic reported that even Tabrez’s mother has tested positive.
Speaking to The Print, Tabrez said that he had gone to the protest site after meeting his sister “a couple of times”. He further added that since he didn’t feel anything amiss, he continued going to the protest site. “I developed a mild cough, and I also learnt that my sister has tested positive. So I thought it would be wise to get myself tested,” he told The Print. It was on March 16 when symptoms of dry cough surfaced.
Anti-CAA protests in Chennai have been called off as coronavirus spreads through India. However, the protesters at Shaheen Bagh have refused to call off their anti-CAA agitation.