The presence of Tablighi Jamaat foreign Islamic preachers is emerging to be far more widespread than what it appeared to be earlier. Following the uncovering of the presence of Islamic preachers, mostly from South-East Asia in various states of Bharat, news is now emerging of Tablighi Jamaat Islamic preachers being holed up in mosques in Ranchi and Meerut as well.
Ranchi police has caught 18 foreign maulvis (Islamic preachers) who were hiding in Badi Masjid (big mosque) in Hindpidi area of the state capital Ranchi and sent all of them along with 5 youths from Delhi (2), Hyderabad (1) and Ranchi (2) to a quarantine facility in Khelgaon. Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) and police officials from Hindpidi police station arrived at the mosque along with medical team on the instructions of Ranchi DC Rai Mahipat Ray.
Investigations are going on and visas and passports of have been confiscated and are being scrutinised. During police enquiries the group revealed that they had come here for Tablighi Jamaat gathering. On receiving this information the DC sent a team of police and medical officers to take them into custody and quarantine them following the coronavirus lockdown. A team of medical officers subjected the group to health check-ups and they haven’t shown any sign of the virus in preliminary check-ups. However, they have still been kept in isolation and are being monitored.
On receiving information of foreign maulvis hiding in the mosque, police arrived between 3 and 4 on Monday morning and apprehended a total of 24 persons including 18 foreigners. The quarantined Islamic preachers belong to United Kingdom, Kenya, Poland, West Indies, Malaysia and different states of Bharat. The police, which has temporarily confiscated their visas and passports, is verifying the same. As per information provided by DSP Ajit Kumar Vimal initial investigations of the documents have not shown anything amiss but a thorough investigation is being conducted.
In an equally shocking instance the Uttar Pradesh police has taken 9 foreign maulvis into custody and confiscated their passports and visas. The nine have been arrested on late Sunday night from Bilal Masjid in Mavana and in a masjid at Azad Nagar in Sardahna. They had been staying here since 17th March. The police have also filed a report in this case.
There had been reports of foreign maulvis in Mavana following the anti-CAA protests and hence the intelligence department had been keeping a close watch here. On Sunday night around nine, the intelligence team along with the local intelligence unit (LIU) was informed of the presence of foreigners at the Bilal Masjid. A team led by chief officer UN Mishra and Rajendra Tyagi raided the mosque and found a group of maulvis who had arrived from Sudan and Kenya on March 17th. Their visas and passports have been confiscated. Dr. Satish Bhaskar conducted their medical tests and did not find any signs of the virus. They have been isolated and advised not to move out. Imam of the mosque Maulana Shauqat and others have also been subjected to inquiry.
In Sardahna at the Azad Nagar mosque, 9 maulvis from Indonesia belonging to the Jamaat who had arrived on 21st March were apprehended by the police. A case has been registered by police inspector Rajvir Singh against Mohtamim Haroon and Imran for hiding the presence of foreign preachers. Mavana police inspector Narendra Singh also registered a case against Kazi Maulana Nafeez, Advocate Aslam, Naeem Sofi and others under sections 188, 269 270 and 14 of IPC (Indian Penal Code), foreigner’s act and epidemics act.
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