Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the owner of a pastry shop in Mandir Marg’s Bengali Market after 35 workers were found living inside Wednesday night. Police said the workers were found inside a small room in “unhygienic conditions”.
On Wednesday, the entire market was sealed after three COVID-19 cases were traced to another sweet shop in Mandir Marg. Among the three is the owner of the sweet shop, who lives with his family on Babar Road. This sparked off a door-to-door survey to trace contacts in the market and Babur Road by police, District Magistrate (New Delhi), New Delhi Municipal Council and health officials.
According to DCP (New Delhi) Eish Singhal, it was during the survey that they found several workers of the Bengali Pastry shop living on the rooftop or behind the shop. “All 35 workers were removed from the shop — 33 were shifted to shelter homes and two were taken to a hospital as they showed symptoms of COVID-19,” he said.
Police said the men were tested and their results were negative. They were then shifted to a quarantine centre in Mandir Marg. A case has been registered at Barakhamba Road police station against the owner under sections of the Epidemics Act and IPC for violating social-distancing and lockdown rules.
Meanwhile, the sweet shop owner and two others were sent to a hospital and four other members of the family home quarantined. “We screened his family members, his son and their cook also tested positive. It is suspected that the owner came in contact with a customer, probably a foreign national, at the market,” said Dr Anand from Charak Hospital.
Bengali Market is one of the 23 containment zones identified in the capital.
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