New Delhi: The chief of Tablighi Jamaat Maulana Saad Khandhlawi continues to elude the police, reports said on Thursday. He has gone into quarantine in an undisclosed place. As of now, raids are underway at several places in the national capital as well as Uttar Pradesh to locate the Chief. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Congregation: States Scramble to Find Trails, Mode of Transport; Whereabouts of Maulana Saad Not Known
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According to NDTV report, two audio clips have emerged where he could be heard saying that he is under self-quarantine as per a doctor’s advice. According to the report, in the second video, he urges his followers to follow the social distancing guidelines. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Meet: '24 Present at Markaz Building Tested COVID-19 Positive,' Confirms Delhi Government
Caught in the eye of a storm over sheltering more than 2,000 religious followers in a Delhi mosque during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Amir (chief) of Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad Khandhlawi has been a controversial Muslim cleric for years.
Maulana Saad who claims to have over 100 crore followers in nearly 200 countries, functions from Nizamuddin mosque, which serves as a global Markaz (centre) of Tablighi Jamaat.
According to police sources, crime branch teams are conducting raids in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh with the help of the local police. So far raids have also been held in three of his residences in Delhi’s Zakir Nagar and Nizamuddin.