Blacklisting procedures against 360 foreigners linked to Tablighi Jamaat who have left India: MHA

NEW DELHI: Blacklisting procedures were initiated against 360 who participated in activities in India and left the country before the borders were sealed in the aftermath of the outbreak, the Union Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry also ruled out the deportation of 960 foreigners who arrived with a tourist visa and participated in Tablighi activities, saying that actions have already been initiated for alleged violations of visa conditions under the Aliens Law and the Disaster Management Law .

All chief police officers and police commissioners have been instructed to initiate strict action in such cases, he said.

At this stage there is no question of deportation ... As deportation occurs, it will be according to standard health protocol, said a joint secretary of the Interior Ministry (MHA), answering a question about deportation of 960 foreigners in the blacklist linked to the Jamaigh Tablighi.

Markaz of Tablighi Jamaat has become an epicenter for the spread of the coronavirus in different parts of the country after thousands of people participated in a congregation from March 1 to 15. Many of the participants tested positive for Covid-19 in various states.

The ministry has also called on states to take strict action in reported cases of attacks on healthcare professionals and front-line workers.

The ministry has asked states to guarantee the safety of the medical fraternity, he said.