Eight individuals were apprehended at the Delhi IGI air terminal on Sunday attempting to escape to Malaysia. All of them has been recognized as Malaysian nationals and are suspected to cover the fact that they were present at the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin.Due to lockdown currently, all national and international flights remain cancelled and only involved in an emergency are being allowed to fly on case to case basis. Meanwhile, a Malaysian relief flight of Malindo Airways was arranged to carry Malaysians stranded in India. This group of these eight individuals knew the flight and they were apprehended by the Immigration department officials when they were trying to board the same.
As per the report, they were hiding in different parts of Delhi since the police cleared the Tablighi Jamaat headquarter in New Delhi and had gathered on Sunday at the airport to flee the country when got caught. As per an immigration official, they were currently being questioned after which they shall be handed over to the Delhi police and health department for further action.
More than 5,000 people, including foreigners from Indonesia and Malaysia, had gathered at the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15. The event ended on 15 march but more than a thousand kept staying at the headquarter which led to the recent spike in the COVID 19 positive cases. As per the govt official, more than 30% of all cases have been found among the individuals having links with the Tablighi Jamaat event or the people who attended the same.
In Delhi itself, there are 301 confirmed cases of coronavirus that ignited at the Nizamuddin event where a large number of individuals remained at the Markaz despite the declared restriction on gathering having more than 50 people by Delhi govt on 15th March. The number of coronavirus cases rose to 445 in Delhi on Saturday.
In another news, The Home Ministry has already blacklisted 960 foreigners and cancelled their tourist visa and asked enforcements to trace all foreigner currently in India who ere present in the event.