New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday issued a new order and said strictest action, including blacklisting, will be taken against people who violated visa rules and travelled to India recently. Also Read - So Far 1548 People Have Been Evacuated, 441 of Them Show COVID-19 Symptoms: Kejriwal on Nizamuddin Event
“Strictest action will be taken against those who violated visa rules and conditions during their recent travel to India and they will also be blacklisted,” the MHA said. Also Read - Nizamuddin's Markaz Building Sealed After 7 COVID-19 Fatalities, 850 People Whisked Away to Hospitals
In the order, the MHA also stated that FIRs will also be registered against those spreading rumours related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, under the Disaster Management Act. Also Read - Coronavirus: 6 People Who Attended Congregation in Nizamuddin Die of COVID-19 in Telangana; CM Kejriwal Orders FIR Against 'Maulana'
The development comes after Tablighi Jamaat, an orthodox Muslim organisation, held a religious congregation at Nizamuddin in the national capital on March 13. The congregation was attended by 2,000 odd participants, including 250 foreigners.
The ‘markaj’ has emerged as an epicentre for the coronavirus spread in the national capital and elsewhere in the country after 24 of its participants found positive for coronavirus infection.
Giving further details, the MHA said that 303 Tablighi activists had symptoms of COVID-19 and were referred to different hospitals in Delhi.
“So far, 2137 such people have been identified, and are being medically examined, quarantined. More such people would be identified and located,” it said.
The MHA also asked all state police officials to locate Indian Tabligh Jamaat workers from local coordinators and quarantine them.
Saying that approximately, 2,100 foreigners visited India for ‘tabligh’ activities this year, the MHA said all such foreign nationals normally report their arrival at Tabligh Markaz at Banglewali Mosque in Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi.
“Foreign nationals include those from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan. Besides Nizamuddin Markaz, 824 foreigners were in different Markaz across the country as on March 21,” the MHA said.