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India blacklists 960 foreigners over Tablighi Jamaat event during quarantine

News Desk: India has blacklisted 960 foreigners currently in India on tourist visas for their involvement in the activities of the religious group Tablighi Jamaat, whose event in Delhi last month saw several attendees testing Covid-19 positive.

So far, more than 550 people with links to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Nizamuddin locality of Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus, which has already affected more than 2,000 people and killed 53 people across India.

“Under the directions of Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has blacklisted 960 foreigners, present in India on tourist visas, for their involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities,” an official statement said late on Thursday night.

The Ministry also directed all concerned states to take necessary legal action against all such violators, on priority, under relevant sections of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Foreigners visiting on tourist visas are not allowed to take part in religious activities.

The home ministry has provided all details to the Ministry of External Affairs to help them get in touch with the 67 nations to which the people belong. The foreign ministry is working out the details of how each country would take their nationals back.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/

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