Islamic organization condemns the arrest of Foreign Tablighi Jamaat preachers, demand immediate release

The Federation of Muslims Organisations and Political Parties (FMOPP) Tamil Nadu has called for the release of foreign Tablighi Jamaat preachers from police custody.

According to reports, the Muslim organization condemned the arrest of the foreign preachers of Tablighi Jamaat by police and called for their immediate release. The preachers have been booked for various violations including misuse of Visa norms.

FMOPP President Kajamoinudeen Bakavi demanded deportation of the preachers to their respective countries and until then, the Tamil Nadu government should treat them respectfully.

Calling the state government’s approach as “anti-minority”, Bakavi said the preachers’ were arrested on false complaints. He alleged that the preachers were treated “like terrorists” and wondered if the state government would do the same to members of other religions.

Some of the preachers were found in mosques during raids where they had been hiding to escape legal action. Majority of the preachers arrived in Tamil Nadu after attending Nizamuddin Aalami Markaz congregations last month in Delhi.

Arrested Tablighi Jamaat preachers belong to countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Ethiopia, France, Congo, and Belgium primarily for violation of the Foreigners Act. These preachers have come on tourists’ visa, which bars them for indulging in any religious activity or taking part in religious meetings.