Lockdown should be extended for the whole month of Ramzan

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Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Chancellor, MANUU (Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad), has written a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him not to lift the lockdown on May 3. He fears that in the wake of the Ramzan month of fasting there is possibility of the spread of the coronavirus extremely fast.

Here is the letter to the PM:

April 16, 2020

Shri Narendra Modi
The Most Exalted and Esteemed Visionary Prime Minister of India
The PMO/ South Block
Raisina Hill
New Delhi 110 001

SUBJECT: Suggestions for the government for extending the lockdown for the entire Ramzan month till May 24, 2020

Most Revered Sir

Care should be taken that the lockdown should not be lifted till May 24, the day when Ramzan month ends. If it is lifted on May 03, a time when Corona will be ripening to its peak in India, uncontrollable Muslims (as seen in the case of Tablighi Jamat followers) will start crowding markets, holding iftar parties and prayer gatherings, giving rise to Corona clusters by disobeying the Prime Ministerial instructions and thus nullifying the government’s never say die, hard work. It is my very humble submission.

As a law-abiding Indian Muslim, I apologize on behalf of all those belonging to my community in quarantine in India, indulging in violence against doctors, nurses, health workers, police, safai kramacharis etc. My head is hung in shame whenever I see highly condemned acts of spitting, misbehaving in vulgar manner with the hospital staff (especially nurses), running for the jugular of doctors, throwing urine bottles and not extending cooperation for treatment for Coronavirus.

Thanks and regards!
Firoz Bakht Ahmed is the Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.

(The views expressed here are personal)

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