2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members banned from entering India for 10 years

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The decision of banning the foreign Tablighi Jamaat members was taken after details of the foreigners found illegally living in mosques and religious places emerged from across the states in India.

The union home ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying in India during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in violation of visa rules.

The ministry has slapped a ban on them from entering the country for 10 years, home ministry officials said on Thursday. The action has been taken by the home ministry after various state governments provided details of the foreigners who were found to be illegally living in mosques and religious seminaries across the country.

A Hindustan Times report said that a large congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital New Delhi in March had emerged as a major hotspot of Covid-19 in the country. Some of the participants, who were later tested positive for coronavirus, had travelled to various states in the country.

Thousands of coronavirus cases in India tracing back to the congregations held in March at the Markaz, which is the global headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, has put the place in the spotlight, the report said.

The sect’s leadership is already being probed for violating norms under the epidemic diseases law while its volunteers from abroad have been booked for violating visa norms and the Foreigners Act (with inputs from agencies).

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