The Home Ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying in India during the nationwide lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic. They had stayed in violation of visa rules, media reports said. The report said that the 2,550 members will also be not allowed to enter the country for a decade.
The move comes in the wake of details provided by various state governments about foreigners who were illegally living in mosques and religious seminaries across the country.
Earlier 2,300 people, including 250 foreigners, belonging to the Islamic organisation were found to be living at its headquarters in Delhi. Action was taken against them after it was found that they had violated the visa rules and had organised the congregation soon after the nation-wide lockdown was announced in March. Several of these members had tested positive for coronavirus.
The lockdown from March 25 was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the coronavirus pandemic.