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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slams Tablighi Jamaat over coronavirus spread

New Delhi: Union Minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi lashed out Tuesday 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 here.

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.

Naqvi also allocated rupees one crore from his MPLADS funds for the measures being taken to combat the coronavirus. The BJP has asked all its MPs to allocate Rs one crore from the Rs 5 crore fund they receive annually for the development of their constituency, towards fighting the pandemic.