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8 Malaysian attendees Of Tablighi Jamaat arrested In New Delhi

8 Malaysian attendees Of Tablighi Jamaat arrested In New Delhi

NEW DELHI: 8 Malaysian attendees of Tablighi Jamaat arrested in New Delhi’s IGI Airport. The main detail for the arrest to be confirmed.

Republic TV reported as of Malaysian press time 3.30pm and the details of the news are still developing. It is not known if they were caught in internal or external part of the airport.

The breaking news confirms the Tablighi attendees will be handed over to the Delhi police and health authorities for further investigations.

It is also confirmed 960 foreigners who were earlier blacklisted will be taken action as they used tourist visa to attend religious congregation.

The eight Malaysians detained are part of the blacklisted foreigners.

Ten of them were prevented by Immigration officials from flying out of Chennai in a chartered flight, while eight were intercepted at Delhi airport and taken to quarantine facilities.

They are also suspected to be part of the Nizamuddin Markaz congregation – considered to be the single-biggest contributor to the rise of coronavirus cases in India.

The members were scheduled to board Malindo Air relief flight, which is taking stranded tourists and visitors back to Malaysia.

The airport officials, however, were alerted about their presence at the Nizamuddin congregation which prompted them to bar the Jamaatis from boarding the flight. 

Nearly one-third of all COVID-19 cases recorded in India so far are linked to the Jamaat congregation in mid-March.

Prior to this, 9,000 members of the Islamic sect had convened at their headquarters or Markaz at the Banglewali Masjid in Nizamuddin area of Delhi. The attendees included over 200 foreign delegates who were reportedly infected with coronavirus.

“Till now we have found cases related to Tablighi Jamaat from 17 states, 1023 COVID-19 positive cases have been found to be linked to this event. Out of the total cases in the country, around 30 percent are linked to one particular place,” said Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Agarwal.

According to reports, the virus has spread through the congregation to Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Jharkhand.

By: Hema Subramaniam