Seventeen of a total of 22 persons who were foreigners and we're staying in two Masjids in Hindpiri locality in Ranchi for 14 days were interrogated by the police.
"They separately say they had come to propagate Islam", said a police officer who claims to have interrogated them. However, the police are examining who had funded their travel in India.
As it is after the police recovered them on a tip-off on Sunday- Monday night only to get each one of them tested whether they suffered from Coronavirus infection.
And they were quarantined at Quarantine Home set up at Khelgaon by the state health department. The police are also investigating if they were part of any "International Islamic Gang".
Notably, a couple of days back, the police had detained and kept 11 other Muslim foreigners in quarantine centre in Tamar, 80 KM from Ranchi. The Intelligence Bureau is investigating into the 'cause' and 'network' linked with their arrival.
As per available information, all these foreigners were Sunni Muslims. Why they had kept their presence hidden at a time when the Lockdown was in force to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
They are learnt to have informed the police that they had landed in different parts of the world to propagate Islam.
The Kotwali Police Dy.SP Ajit Kumar said that among 17 foreigners, four male were from Malaysia. They had come to Ranchi from Delhi with four female on March 17, a week before 21 days Lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
All of them were kept inside Madina Masjid. On March 18, three other Muslims had landed from the U.K., two each from West Indies and Gambia.
More, two more -one each -had come from Holand and Bangladesh. With them, one guide each had arrived from Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat. All of them were staying at Badi Masjid.
By interrogating them, the police had learnt that all of them have a valid visa. "They claimed that they had informed the Crime Investigation Department ( CID) about their background. They also claimed that they were already examined for Coronavirus infection and had tested negative, said the police.
However, since none of them could show any medical examination report, they were medically examined whether they were Coronavirus.
The report is awaited. One of them who was below 35- years old from the U.K. claimed that they had come to India to propagate Islam in Jharkhand.