Kanpur: Four Afghan nationals, who along with four others — three from Iran and one from UK — were arrested from Suffa Mosque in Babupurwa in April 2020 on charges of spreading coronavirus and violating tourist visa norms, were deported to their country on March 17.
To recall, the eight foreign nationals from Iran, Afghanistan and the UK had been quarantined at a government hospital in the city and their passports confiscated as they had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation organised in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area amid the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.
The police were tipped off about their stay at Babupurwa mosque after which they were caught. There were inputs that they travelled to Kanpur via Rajasthan on March 21 and since then they had been moving around in the city and had not informed the police about their stay. All of them were later quarantined at Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) hospital and their passports were confiscated.
They were all booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Foreigners Act.
Those held were identified as Ibrahim Fauladi, Abdul Raheem, Younus (all nationals of Iran), Mahmood Shah Husaini, Shabbir Abdul Raheem, Zareen Mohammad and Rahmatullah (all nationals of Afghanistan) and UK national Dawood Ayyub Ismail.
“The four Afghan nationals, who had attended a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area and were held from city’s Suffa mosque in Babupurwa on April 1, 2020 and were released by the court, were deported to their country on March 17,” informed Inspector Babupurwa Devendra Vikram Singh.
The Iranian and UK national are still lodged in district jail as their case with the court is sub-judice,” he added.