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Foreigners who attended Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz to be tried for violating visa rule

Meanwhile, Sirf News has accessed police records that have listed 464 people — including locals and foreigners, Muslims and non-Muslims — who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi or passed through the area and returned to different states in the Northeast

Twenty-four of the participants in the Tablighi Jamaat event held at the Nizamuddin markaz (centre) of Delhi have tested coronavirus-positive — Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has confirmed. Alarmed by the confirmation of infection in such a large number of people present at the Jamaat, the Narendra Modi government wishes to take strict action against the foreigners who joined the jamaat.

Three foreigners who joined the jamaat and then went to Lucknow have been apprehended.

Police sources have revealed that six foreigners from the Nizamuddin markaz went to Lucknow to propagate Islam.

Jain said on Tuesday that the patients detected so far had been evicted from the Nizamuddin markaz. He said, “We do not know correctly how many people were present there. It is estimated that 1,500-1,700 people were in this building. So far, 1,033 people have been evacuated from here. While 333 have been sent to hospitals, 700 have been sent to a quarantine centre.

Foreigners, locals including non-Muslims could be infected: Northeast police data

Meanwhile, Sirf News has accessed from the police the records of many Tablighi Jamaat associates who have returned to or been to the Northeast and non-Muslims who passed through the area and returned to the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

We are following the advice of the security establishment to not reveal the full phone numbers and residential addresses of the people who were spotted in the area of contagion — the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi — during the event and until 21 March. This is to ensure that these people are not stigmatised, ostracised or excommunicated in the local society.

It is evident from the list that not all names are Muslims. This is proof that the reckless behaviour of a community does not affect that community alone. When it is a contagious disease, the life of whoever comes in contact with the infected is risked too.

The list, running into 12 pages, has 464 names in all

Foreigners went from Nizamuddin to Ghaziabad, Lucknow

Ten people who returned from Nizamuddin markaz to Ghaziabad have been kept in the home quarantine. CMO Dr NK Gupta said that a total of 15 people from Mussoorie area had been to the markaz. Five of them remained there while 10 people returned on 26 March.

The CMO said strict instructions had been given to all the health department workers to ensure these Tablighi Jamaat members stay in home-quarantine. The department has pasted a notice outside their houses, announcing that there is a suspected patient of coronavirus in each one of them.

All mosques being probed

Due to the coronavirus suspects who have returned from Nizamuddin, mosques everywhere in the country are under investigation. They include the mosques in Delhi-NCR, from where a bulk of the attendees hailed.

Sources in Delhi Police said that six foreigners from the Nizamuddin Markaz had gone to propagate Islam at the markaz of Aminabad, Lucknow. They are all from Kazakhstan.

A meeting of officers is going on at the Delhi Police Headquarters over the Nizamuddin case. The officers will decide at the meeting whether the violators of the lockdown will be prosecuted. Action will be taken against police officers found negligent in discharging their duty of security.

There are associates of the Tablighi Jamaat in Lucknow other than those who went to the Aminabad centre from the Nizamuddin Markaz of Delhi. Lucknow CMO Dr Narendra Agarwal said that the administration has traced three of these people and the health department has taken their samples for tests. They are now admitted to the Lokbandhu Hospital for quarantine.

Police are interrogating these foreigners. They will tell, police sources say, how many others were with them and since when they have been in India or Lucknow. The police will also take action against those who do not provide genuine information.

Meeting at Delhi CM House

The Tablighi Jamaat disclosure yesterday in the media and the confirmation of coronavirus-positive cases from Nizamuddin Markaz today have caught the Delhi administration off guard. Right now, a high-level meeting is going on at the chief minister’s residence on the same matter.

Meanwhile, attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin continue to visit hospitals in the city to get themselves checked.

6 from Indonesia had joined jamaat

The police have found six Jamaat people in the mosque of Mohalla Azad Nagar of Sardhana Nagar who hail from Indonesia. The health department had examined these people earlier, but yesterday’s news has stirred up the department in the wake of complaints that the health workers had been lax in their jobs.

The health department has separately quarantined 14 people of the Tablighi Jamaat who came from Tripura’s Jhinjhana town in two houses where they will stay for 14 days. A team of the department is monitoring their condition once in the morning and then again in the evening.

Meanwhile, nine out of 10 people from Andaman and Nicobar Islands who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat programme at the Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi, have tested coronavirus-positive, Andaman deputy health and nodal officer Abhijit Roy confirmed.

Action against foreigners

According to sources in the union government, the foreign nationals who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi will meet harsh punishments. According to the lockdown-time visa rules, no one can come to India and participate in religious programmes. The foreigners will be tried for violating the visa rule.

The union and state governments are unnerved by the news of the death of six coronavirus disease patients in Telangana. They had attended the jamaat in Delhi. Since then, the governments of many states of the country have started identifying people who went to the jamaat.

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