Union Minister for Minority Affairs and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has lashed out at the Tablighi Jamaat after authorities blamed a meeting organised by it for spreading coronavirus infection. Naqvi said the organisation has committed a ‘Talibani crime’ and its ‘sin is unpardonable’.
“Talibani crime by Tablighi Jamaat. This is not negligence. It’s a serious criminal act. When the entire country is fighting united against corona(virus), such a sin is unpardonable,” the minority affairs minister said in a tweet.
Naqvi has posted on his social media accounts messages by Muslim religious leaders, appealing to people to strictly follow the lockdown and other guidelines to control the virus.
According to the Union Home Ministry, as 2100 foreigners visited India for Tablighi activities since January 1 and all of them first reported at its headquarters in Nizamuddin .
In a statement, the ministry said while approximately 824 of them, as on March 21, were dispersed in different parts of the country, 216 people were staying at Nizamuddin Markaz, where several of them tested COVID-19 positive.