11 Bangladeshi members of Tablighi Jamaat allowed to go home

New Delhi: 11 Bangladeshi nationals who are associated with Tablighi Jamaat were allowed to go home in accordance with a direction issued by a Lucknow court.

They were made part of a nationwide with-hunt launched against Tablighi Jamaat members in the wake of a congregation a held at the Jamaat’s headquarters, in which several individuals had contracted Covid-19.

The 11 were arrested on March 31 last year from a private guest house in Kajipur locality here where they had been staying after coming from Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Senior police official Ram Badan Singh said.

They were released from the jail in August, pending trial, but were not allowed to go home as the case was still going on, officials said, adding they were kept in the same guest house under police watch.

He also informed that cases were registered against 21 persons, which included the 11 Bangladeshi citizens, three Indians and those who had given shelter to them.

“The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate of Lucknow had punished the Jamatis with a fine of ₹ 1,500 each. The court said that since these people had completed their punishment, they can be sent outside India,” Mr Singh said.

Several courts have given different judgments in cases related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

In a landmark verdict, the Bombay High Court stated that the group’s members were made ”scapegoats”.

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