A total of 2550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat attendees have been banned from entering India for a period of 10 years. The attendees have been banned on account of violation of visa rules.
Tablighi Jamaat Conference
Held in the month of March in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi, Tablighi Jamaat Conference had turned out to be a major hotspot of COVID-19 in the country. Some of the participants, who had tested positive for the virus, later traveled across the country, thereby transmitting the virus further.
2550 Tablighi attendees banned
After the news came out that many of these foreigners were living illegally in mosques and religious places across the country, the Home Ministry decided to blacklist these attendees. The group’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.
The Tablighi Jamaat conference was indeed a major reason for the spike in the number of cases in the country. While the entire country was under lockdown, the sudden emergence of cases was backtraced to the event. Post the revelation too, the authorities had a tough time in tracing the attendees and their contacts.
After the tracing was done, several cases of unruly behavior and non-cooperation to medical professionals at the isolation centers were also reported across the country.
Source: Hindustan Times