India bans over 2200 Tablighi Jamaat members for 10 years

The Union home ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying in India during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in violation of visa rules, and they would not be allowed to enter the country for 10 years, officials said.

The Union Home Ministry has blacklisted these foreign Tablighi workers, who came to India from 47 countries and were present at the time of the Markaz incident.

Reports said that countries can ban “visitors” under certain provisions. In the past, the provision of black-listing visitors has been provoked only for terrorists, a source in North Block said.

But, the government is not happy with Tablighi Jamaat members, who were found to be in violation of visa norms and allegedly accounted for a rise in Covid-19 cases in India.

The home ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members and banned their entry into India for 10 years, a home ministry official said.
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.

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police had earlier chargesheeted 541 foreign nationals in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat case.

They have been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and also for violating the prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).