By Muslim Mirror Desk
New Delhi, May 9: An audio clip of Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, in which he insisted that coronavirus can do no harm to Muslims and asked Jamaat members not to follow social distancing norms, is possibly “doctored”, Delhi Police Crime Branch has found during probe.
Around 2000 devotees from various states as well as foreign countries were stuck in lockdown .
According to a report in Indian Express, the police have sent all audio clips as well as the allegedly doctored clip to a forensic science laboratory for further investigation. The audio clip mentioned in the FIR was allegedly ‘stitched together using several audio files’, the report claimed. In the clip, a man can be heard saying “there is no need for social distancing as it is not written about in our religion”.
Saad Kandhalvi and six others were charged with flouting of lockdown orders and booked under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and the Indian Penal Code on March 31. The FIR said that the Jamaat members ‘willfully’ disobeyed the government directives issued to curtail the pandemic.
India has witnessed a rise in hatred against Muslims after a section of Indian media misreported a congregation organised by Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat in March in New Delhi after several of the group’s members were infected with Covid-19. The misrepresentation of the incident has led to the social boycott of Muslims in many corners of India and a rise in hate crime against them including lynchings and cyber bullying