New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued a stern notification to the Delhi Police and DGPs of all concerned states to take necessary legal action against 960 foreigners who attended the Tablighi gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin by violating the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Also Read - India's Limited-Overs Home Series Against England in September Set to be Postponed

Earlier today the MHA has noted that as many as 9,000 people who attended the Jamaat have been shifted to quarantine facilities for medical testing of the deadly coronavirus. Also Read - Uncanny! Identical Twin Sisters From Noida Score Identical Marks in CBSE Class 12 Exams, Both Get 95.8%

This comes at a time when security forces are on a mission to nab the chief of Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad Khandhlawi, who is apparently quarantined in an undisclosed location. Raids are being conducted at several places in the national capital as well as Uttar Pradesh to locate the Chief. Also Read - COVID-19 in India: With Highest Single-day Spike of 29,429 Cases, Tally Crosses 9.3 Lakh; Rate of Recovery Over 63%

Notably, in a latest audio message of Maulana Saad, he could be heard blaming the sins committed by mankind for the pandemic caused by the viral disease that has infected more than nine lakh people across the globe. “Allah is angry,” he says in the audio clip.

He could be heard saying that he is under self-quarantine as per a doctor’s advice, while urging his followers to follow the social distancing guidelines.

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.

Until now,according to police reports, crime branch teams have been 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.