Bareilly Court acquits 12 Tablighis accused of violating Covid-19 norms

Aishwarya Rathore-

Published on: August 29, 2021, at 10:33 IST

The Bareilly Court has acquitted 12 members of the Tablighi Jamaat, nine Thais and three Indians, who were booked by Shahjahanpur Police last year for allegedly violating Covid-19 guidelines.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Atul Chaudhary, found everyone not guilty and acquitted them due to a lack of evidence. Nine prosecution witnesses, all of whom were Police officers, were interrogated by the Court.

In early March last year, thousands of people gathered at the Nizamuddin Markaz (centre) of Tablighi Jamaat.

There were nine Thai nationals who went to Shahjahanpur and stayed at a mosque with their two translators, Hussain Ahmad and Abdul Sardar MS. On April 1, they were arrested, along with the mosque’s caretaker, Masiullah.

After the Thais completed their quarantine, the Police seized their passports and imprisoned all 9 of them. A charge sheet was later filed against them by the Police.

The counsel stated that this was the last case involving Tablighi Jamaat members pending in Bareilly. In most cases, the accused confessed to the crime.

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