All 10 men reached Madurai from Delhi by train after attending the conference and travelled to Tenkasi to perform rituals, said immigration officials after inquiring them. They were among the 127 Malaysian nationals who reached Chennai airport from different parts of the State on Sunday morning to return to their country in a special flight operated by Malindo Air as per the Malaysian government’s arrangement to reach out to their citizens stranded in India due to the lockdown to fight COVID-19. They were checked by both customs as well as immigration officials, during which officials found out that 10 of them were particiapants of the Tablighi Jamaat conference.
Even after the government’s continuous request asking participants to self-quarantine and subject themselves to COVID tests as a lot of them turned out to have been infected by the virus, the 10 men are said to have performed rituals even when the nation is under lockdown.
“The group had carried out rituals from March 14 and 19 in Tenkasi and visited Courtallam on March 20. From there they travelled to Vallam on March 22 and returned to Courtallam again on March 25,” said an official They were booked under National Disaster Management Act, Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, Sections 188, 269 and 271 of IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act. After being produced at Alandur court, all of them were taken to Stanley Government Hospital for a test.