The Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in Delhi, centre of Tablighi Jamaat activities in India | Image: ThePrintTeam
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New Delhi: About 2,100 foreigners had visited India for Tablighi Jamaat activities since 1 January this year, of which approximately 216 were staying at the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, home ministry sources told ThePrint Tuesday.

The sources added that apart from the 216 foreigners staying at the Nizamuddin Markaz, 824 were dispersed in different parts of the country as on 21 March, while the rest “might have left the country” before the lockdown.

Details of these 824 foreigners had been shared on 21 March with the police in different states to identify them, get them medically screened and quarantine them, a source said.

Tablighi Jamaat, a non-political global Sunni Islamic evangelical movement of Indian origin, has emerged as the “largest known viral vector” of the coronavirus in South Asia and India.


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Series of steps

Giving details of the response by the ministry, sources said all the Tablighi Jamaat workers staying at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz were being medically screened since 26 March.

“So far, 1,203 Tablighi Jamaat workers have been medically screened. Of these, 303 had symptoms of Covid-19 and were referred to different hospitals in Delhi,” a source said.

“The rest of them have been moved to different quarantine centres at Narela, Bakkarwala and Sultanpuri. This process will continue throughout today to move every Tabligh Jamaat worker out of Nizamuddin Markaz,” the source said.

On 28 March, state police were advised to collect the names of Indian Tablighi Jamaat workers from local coordinators, locate them on the ground, get them medically screened and quarantine them.

So far, about 2,137 such people have been identified in different states, a source said, adding that they are being medically examined and quarantined.

“This process is still on, and more such people would be identified and located. On 28 March, MHA also issued a detailed advisory to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, as well as the commissioner of Delhi Police on this issue,” the source said.

Then, on 29 March, state DGPs were advised by the director of the Intelligence Bureau to trace the movement of all such Tablighi workers in their area, ascertain the people coming in contact with them, and take steps for their medical screening.

Many states have already started doing this, sources said.

How Tablighi workers operate

Tablighi Jamaat workers, both foreigners as well Indians, undertake various activities across the country throughout the year.

Various nationals, particularly from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan, come to India for Tablighi Jamaat work. All such foreign nationals usually report their arrival at the Banglewali Masjid in Hazrat Nizamuddin, sources said.

From here, they are detailed for chillah (preaching) activities to different parts of the country.

Chillah activities in all states are coordinated by district coordinators, who, in some states, are supervised by ‘State Amirs’.


Also read: India may blacklist 300 foreigners who attended Nizamuddin event on tourist visas


 

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  1. Wake up people. Tablighi had this event going way before Indian government was not serious about this virus. Tablighi jamaat even ask for help on government orders to move the people out of the facility, but no help was given. Do not blame this jamaat or that group for the pandemic of this magnitude. This are not times for blame game. Nobody and more respecfully tablighi jamaat will not and has no role in spreading the virus and there are not evidence data to back that up. How the people in the tabllighi got the virus at first place, if some of them have got it, it is from others, who are those others, and who are those others who got from others. This is chain reaction phenomenon and nobody knows how it will end, I hope soon. This is a worldwide spread, unseen, and uncontrolled at the moment. It is not to say that we should not control and take precautions, but this monster will take its toll before the end is seen.

    • Till the point where you mentioned “they got no help to move”, is where I’ll stop you.
      Coz i just read the word respectfully used for that congregation group. LOL. Please!
      The fact that Malaysia had 100cases already in Feb, the fact that all the foreigners came into our country through travel visa (illegal to use for congregation) , the fact that they didn’t cooperate instead threw tantrums and misbehaved wherever they were helped by tbe workers(and people say this congregation is held to spread harmony and preach humanity lol ya we saw enough of that !), the fact that the head of it on purpose denied govt regulations which obviously inspired a lot of members, and finally the fact that most of the muslims (like abv comments), instead of condemning these crimes, are all sympathizing and playing their all the more favorite “victim card”.
      I do not understand the reason why muslims don’t speak against muslims who deserve punishment for their cruel acts? In that case, how on earth, please tell me, how should any of us believe anything you muslims say? When you people only come out to speak when there is some sort of injustice done to your people. But when your people do any injustice to anyone else, noone talks.
      How should we trust any of you in this case? Think for once.

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