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An ambulance carries devotees, who had recently attended the religious congregation at Tabligh-e-Jamaat's Markaz in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, for COVID-19 tests, in Agartala, April 1. Many COVID-19 cases in Telangana are linked to the religious gathering in Delhi. Image Credit: PTI

Hyderabad: Telangana police has booked criminal cases against the foreigners who had come to India on tourist visa and participated in religious activities of Tableeghi Jamaat.

While Banjara Hills police booked a case against 6 Malaysians under various sections, various other police stations have booked against nationals of Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and other countries.

The group of six Malaysians was staying in a mosque in Tolichowki area and they were shifted to quarantine in a hospital with the help of the managing committee of the mosque. A case was booked against them for not disclosing the details of their visit to Tableeghi Jamaat congregation despite repeated pleas by the authorities to do so.

In all Hyderabad police booked 10 cases against 84 foreigners for the violation of the Foreigners Act, Indian Penal Code, Pandemic Act and Disaster Management as they had failed to disclose their presence at the congregation in Nizamuddin area of Delhi.

In Karimnagar, where the first group of foreign participants of the congregation was found infected, the police booked criminal case against 10 Indonesians; 8 of them had tested positive and were admitted to Gandhi hospital.

As many as 30 foreign participants who had come to the state from Delhi were treated in the state and recovered. “Telangana would have been out of corona crisis if this episode (Delhi congregation) had not come up,” the state Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao said.

On the whole India has blacklisted 960 foreigners who had attended Delhi congregation.