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Eight Malaysians who attended Tablighi Jamaat event detained at Delhi airport

According to the Ministry of Health Affairs, more than 2,000 of the Tablighi Jamaat participants were foreigners. After the gathering, over 800 of them toured various parts of the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 5, 2020 11:03:23 pm
tableeghi jamaat nizamuddin, coronavirus cases tableeghi jamaat, india coronavirus cases, coronavirus news, covid 19 news, latest news, indian express Over 33 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in the country are linked to the gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin.(Express photo by Anil Sharma)

Eight Malaysian nationals, all attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month, were detained Sunday at Delhi Airport while trying to leave India on a special flight. The Malaysians were intercepted by immigration officials after being alerted by the Delhi police.

Over 33 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in the country are linked to the gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin.

From the first week of March, hundreds of Tablighi Jamaat activists had gathered at its Nizamuddin headquarters for a religious event that continued for days even as a government advisory barred all congregations in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation.

According to the Ministry of Health Affairs, more than 2,000 of the Tablighi Jamaat participants were foreigners. After the gathering, over 800 of them toured various parts of the country. So far, 1,023 of the 3,072 positive cases in India have been traced to that one congregation.

On Thursday, the MHA blacklisted 1,320 foreigners associated with the Tablighi Jamaat for violating visa rules even as it cancelled tourist visas of all such visitors to India.

Of the 2,000 foreigners from 70 countries who were in different parts of India on tourist visa, most are from Bangladesh (493), Indonesia (472), Malaysia (150) and Thailand (142).

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