Home Ministry has announced that it has blacklisted as many as 960 foreigners for their participation in a religious group event organised by Tablighi Jamaat, in India. The event conducted by the Jamaat at the Nizamuddin area in Delhi has become a hotspot of coronavirus spread.
As many as 550+ people who have had attended the event have been tested positive of coronavirus till now. These people are still in India, however, their tourist visas have been cancelled.
The Ministry announced that it has identified over 1,300 Tablighi Jamaat activists from countries like the US, Italy, France and other parts of the country. The foreigners have been accused of misusing the tourist visa.
As per the law, any foreigner on a tourist visa in India isn’t allowed to take part in any religious activities in the country.
“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 Union home minister’s Amit Shah’s office tweeted in Hindi.
“We have cancelled their visa. Now necessary legal action would be taken against of them and they would be deported back to their host country,” a senior government official told NDTV.
The government has further decided to not issue tourist visas to any foreigner who wishes to visit India and take part in Tablighi activities.
“As of now, they are either in quarantine facilities or in hospitals. After medical treatment, they would be shifted to detention centres in states they are in and the proceedings will continue from there,” an official said.
The Ministry of External Affairs, as of now, is contacting the 76 nations that these forgeiners belong to and had asked them to take them back.
Many out of the 2000+ people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat, in India have taken trains to different parts of the country post the event as per investigation. Many among them are infected with coronavirus and thus have risked the lives of millions across India.
Six people who had attended the Jamaat had died in Telangana a couple of days earlier while one in Jammu and Kashmir has also died.