Six Thai Islamist preachers held; visas to be cancelled

Six Thailand nationals, who tested positive for coronavirus here, have been booked for allegedly indulging in proselytization in violation of visa rules and hiding facts regarding their health conditions, according to media reports.

The police said cases have been registered against the accused. They are now undergoing treatment in the isolation ward in nearby Perundurai IRT Government Medical College Hospital.

A Tamil website said locals approached Tahsildar alleging that the Thais were indulging in preaching. The police said the Thai nationals who possessed tourist visas engaged themselves in Islamic preaching despite suffering from COVID-19. In all, a group of seven Thailand nationals came here some three weeks ago, stayed at Kollampalayam Housing Unit complex and engaged themselves in preaching. A 49-year old man among them died due to kidney ailment at a government hospital in Coimbatore.

The remaining six tested positive for coronavirus, prompting authorities to launch a massive contact tracing of those who had attended the preaching sessions and others. District Collector C Kathiravan on Tuesday said over 1.09 lakh people have been kept under home quarantine in the district as a preventive measure. Noting that there was information that several of them were coming out of their houses and roaming around, he warned that such people would be arrested.

Tamil Nadu witnessed a massive surge in Coronavirus cases recently. More than 70 per cent of these cases were linked to Tabliqi Jamaat meeting held in Delhi.

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