New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has come down heavily on the foreign nationals who attended Tablighi Jamaat event at markaz building in the national capital’s Nizamuddin. “The Home Ministry has found violation of visa rules by the foreigners who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin”, news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Meet: '24 Present at Markaz Building Tested COVID-19 Positive,' Confirms Delhi Government
As per policy guidelines of Indian Visa issued by the government of India, preaching religious ideologies, making speeches in religious places, distribution of audio-visual display/ pamphlets pertaining to religious ideologies is not allowed. “All foreigners who attended may be barred”, sources added.
Starting March 13 there was meeting held at six-storey markaz building in Nizamuddin with people from Kashmir to Andaman islands attending it, besides Saudis, Thais, Indonesians, that has seen already six alone die in Telangan after their return. The markaz, also known as Banglewali Masjid can house up to 2,000 people.
The markaz Nizamuddin has issued a statement and asserted that it has never violated any provision of law, and always tried to act with compassion and reason towards the visitors who came to Delhi from different states and nations. “It did not even let them violate the medical guidelines by thronging ISBTs or roaming on streets”, the statement read.
The markaz further claimed that they informed the officials and sought permission to evacuate them but were denied. It has also given proof of communication between police and concerned authorities and has slammed media for misreporting.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that 24 people who were present at the markaz building, Nizamuddin tested positive for COVID-19. Giving details of the case reported in Nizamuddin, Jain said that the government is not certain of the number but it is estimated that 1,500-1,700 people had assembled at the building.
Yesterday, six people from Telangana who attended the congregation had died after testing positive for coronavirus. Last week, a cleric, who had attended the event had died in Srinagar.