Even as many thousands members of the Tablighi Jamaat are in quarantine across the country, the Uttar Pradesh government has already taken the lead in penalizing them for their actions.
17 members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been sent to prison in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, for violating visa norms. These 17 members were part of the group of 21 Jamaatis who were apprehended from the Taj and Quraish Masjid in the city. They were kept under quarantine although they had tested negative for the coronavirus. They were later produced in front of the Magistrate after the mandated period of quarantine had ended. They have now been sent to jail.
Superintendent of Police, Bahraich, Vipin Mishra, said that 21 members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been taken on remand. Of these, 10 are Indonesian nationals, 7 are from Thailand and 4 are Indian nationals. They have been charged for hiding themselves after returning from the Nizamuddin Markaz of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi. It’s said they were living in hiding after returning from the Markaz in Delhi, which has now contributed to nearly 30 percent of India’s overall cases, and led to 25,000 people being quarantined.
The foreign nationals have been charged under sections 269, 270, 271, 188, section 03 of the Epidemic Diseases Act (1897), section 12(3) of the Passport Act (1967), sections 14(b) and 14(c) of the Foreigners Act (1946) and section 56 of the Disaster Management Act (2005).
Earlier, the Yogi govenrment had also acted strongly against Markaz attendees who had allegedly misbehaved with nurses in Ghaziabad. After nurses had alleged that members were passing obscene remarks and roaming the wards nude, CM Yogi had said that the UP government would slap the NSA against the perpetrators.