New Delhi: Soon after Delhi Police registered an FIR against the management of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area and handed over the probe to the Crime Branch, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday banned the tourist visas to Tablighi activists from abroad. Also Read - ‘Will blacklist People Who Violated Indian Visa Rules,’ Says MHA in New Order Over Nizamuddin Event
Issuing a statement, the MHA said that no foreigner coming on tourist visa will be allowed to conduct Tablighi activities in India. Also Read - So Far 1548 People Have Been Evacuated, 441 of Them Show COVID-19 Symptoms: Kejriwal on Nizamuddin Event
“Those who are having tourist visas and promoting missionary activities will be treated as visa violators,” the MHA said. Also Read - Nizamuddin's Markaz Building Sealed After 7 COVID-19 Fatalities, 850 People Whisked Away to Hospitals
The MHA also asked the MEA to seek details of accommodations in India, return ticket, finance of Tablighi activists who apply for visa.
The development comes after a case was registered against Maulana Saad and others of Tableeghi Jamaat under Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and other sections of IPC for violation of government directions given to the management of Markaz of Basti Nizamuddin, regarding restrictions on gatherings.
“We have to look into several aspects, such as after March 18, how many people reached the Jamaat headquarters,” a senior Crime Branch official told IANS.
Meanwhile, Telangana Public Health & Family Welfare Department said that 15 people who attended the 2020 Markaz (in Nizamuddin, Delhi) and their relatives have been diagnosed coronavirus positive in the state. At present, 77 active positive cases are being treated in various hospitals of state.
Meghalaya Police said that 7 members of Shillong Markaz, who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, have not returned to the state. “Out of these, 5 are currently in Delhi and 2 are in Lucknow (UP). Presence of these members in Delhi and UP has been conveyed to respective police officials,” Meghalaya Police said.
Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said that 45 people from Tamil Nadu, who attended the gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, have been tested positive for COVID-19.
She said in addition to these 45 cases, 5 other positive cases were also reported on Tuesday of people who attended the gathering in Markaz, Nizamuddin, Delhi. “Total 50 people from state who attended the gathering In Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19,” she said.
On the other hand, Delhi Police said 8 foreign nationals were found at Delhi’s Bharat Nagar, earlier today. “On interrogation, we came to know that they had come from Markaz Nizamuddin and were staying here since 19th March. We have informed District Magistrate about it,” Delhi Police said.
Meanwhile, total 36 people have been identified from Bhopal who attended the gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi. “They have been quarantined. Samples have been collected for tests,” Tarun Pithode, Collector Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, said.