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Over 1000 notices deleted, 630 Tablighis have left: MEA

Aug 28, 2020 08:58 IST

New Delhi, PTI: As many as 1,095 look out circulars have been deleted and 630 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have left India, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. On the issue of foreign Tablighi Jamaat members stuck in India for violating visa rules and pandemic restrictions, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the ministry has been actively facilitating their consular access, deletion of LOCs and smooth repatriation to their respective countries. "We have kept the respective foreign embassies informed through the entire process," he said. "As of August 24, 1,095 look out circulars (LOCs) were deleted and 630 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have left India," he said at an online media briefing. These members of the Tablighi Jamaat were charged under the Foreigners Act for indulging in activities that were incompatible with their visa status, he said. Therefore, for such activities, appropriate category of visa has to be sought, Srivastava said. In a scathing order last week, the Bombay High Court had termed the campaign against Tablighi Jamaat in relation to Covid spread as propaganda. The court had said that the media and the govt made Tablighis scapegoats and had quashed cases against its foreign members.

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