New Delhi: In a significant development, the Central government on Thursday banned more than 2000 foreign nationals for 10 years from travelling to India for their involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities, news agency PTI reported quoting sources at the Central government.Also Read - COVID-19: MHA Extends Visa of Foreigners Stranded in India Due to Pandemic Till August 31
The news agency further reported that more than 2,200 blacklisted foreign nationals will not be able to enter India for 10 years for their involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities. Also Read - ‘Restrictions Needed’: Home Ministry Asks States, UTs to Extend COVID Containment Measures Till June 30
The action from the Home Ministry comes after various state governments provided details of the foreigners who were found to be illegally living in mosques and religious seminaries across the country. Also Read - MHA Gives Y+ Security to Suvendu Adhikari's Father Sisir Kumar & Brother Dibyendu
These foreign nationals were blacklisted by the Union Home Ministry on April 2 this year for their alleged role in the Tablighi Jamaat activities in the country.
Apart from blacklisting, the MHA had also cancelled their visas after finding they were involved in Tablighi Jamaat activities violating their visa conditions.
Action against the foreign Tablighi Jamaat members was first taken after over 2,300 people, including 250 foreigners, belonging to the Islamic organisation were found to be living at its headquarters located at Delhi’s Nizamuddin soon after the nation-wide lockdown was announced in March. Several of these members had tested positive for coronavirus.
Moreover, the Home Minister’s Office had asked Delhi Police and police chiefs of other states, where these foreigners were living, to take legal action under the Foreigners Act and the Disaster Management Act.
“The home ministry has blacklisted 960 foreigners and their Indian visas have also been cancelled for their involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities while coming on tourist visas,” the home minister’s office had tweeted in Hindi.