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Tablighi Jamaat: High Court seeks Delhi govt, police response to foreigners’ plea

On May 28, the bench had allowed 955 foreign nationals to shift, who had attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin area here, to alternate places of accommodation.

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New Delhi, June 29 : The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the Aam Aadmi Party government and Delhi Police over an application moved by several foreign nationals related to Tablighi Jamaat seeking modification in the court’s earlier order.

A division bench of the High Court presided over by Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar issued notice to the respondents on the application filed through Advocate Ashima Mandla seeking permission to shift one of the venues where some of the foreign nationals were staying with the permission of the court.

The petitioner stated that 65 foreign nationals housed at Meeraj International School are facing discomfort due to the arrangements at the school.

The community is thus praying for permission before the Court to immediately shift them from Meeraj International School to Texan Public School.

The application said that the community has now identified an additional 2 alternate places of accommodation, which may be used in the future, if need be, to house any of the 955 foreign nationals in question.

“The community once again undertakes to bear all costs for shifting accommodation and further duly notify the Delhi Police of the whereabouts of the foreign nationals,” the application stated.

On May 28, the bench had allowed 955 foreign nationals to shift, who had attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin area here, to alternate places of accommodation.

Earlier Tablighi Jamaat took the responsibility to arrange food and meet the daily needs of the foreign nationals.

The foreign nationals have, however, been directed not to leave their respective accommodations without intimation. The Central government said that none of the foreign nationals are under detention and the relief to fly back home has not been pressed.

Earlier, the counsel for the petitioners had sought the release of these foreign nationals, who participated in the event and are being held in institutional quarantine since March 30 despite having tested negative for COVID-19.

It was further informed by way of the status report that the Delhi Police has neither arrested nor detained anyone in the case lodged against members of the Tablighi Jamaat for participating in the religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Delhi Police had in its response filed before the court said that that Tablighi Jamaat “deliberately, wilfully, negligently and malignantly disobeyed” the orders of the government regarding the lockdown and social distancing amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police had informed the court that the authorities of Markaz at the Tablighi Jamaat Headquarters, were contacted by Delhi Police. One Mufti Shahzad was apprised of the situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19 and was asked to take immediate action for preventing the spread of this disease. He was directed to send the foreign devotees back to their countries and the Indians to their respective native places. “However, no one paid any heed to the lawful directions of Delhi Police,” the investigating agency told the court.

“They deliberately, wilfully, negligently and malignantly disobeyed the lawful directions promulgated in this regard. Written notices were also issued to Maulana Mohd. Saad and the Markaz management. However, they refused to pay any heed,” the police said in its report.

The Delhi Police also told the court that an audio has been found where Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad was “heard asking his followers to defy the lockdown and social distancing and to attend the religious gathering of the Markaz.”

“An audio recording purportedly by Maulana Mohd. Saad, head of the Tablighi Jamaat, was found in circulation on whatsapp on 21.03.2020, in which the speaker was heard asking his followers to defy the lockdown and social distancing and to attend the religious gathering of the Markaz, the investigators had said.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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