As many as 91 pilgrims from across the country have died so far during the Hajj2014 at holy cities of Makkah and Madhina. The highest number of 21 deceased hajjis were from Uttar Pradesh (UP), officials of Central Hajj Committee (CHC) said, adding that six were from Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir complained that they were being forced to vacate their hotel rooms a day before their departure while the State Hajj Committee (SHC) admitted that flights carrying the pilgrims from the state were getting delayed due to some technical issues at Jeddah airport.
They said 21 pilgrims from UP have died during the pilgrimage followed by West Bengal (13), Kerala (9), Gujarat (8), Bihar (7), Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra (6 each), Karnataka (5), Madya Pradesh and Rajasthan (3 each), Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh (2 each), one each from Uttrakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana, Assam and Odissha.
The deceased pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir have been identified as Sanaullah Mir (83), Ghulam Qadir Mir (86) , Ghulam Mohammad Bagh (74), Ameena Begum (63), Nazir Ahmad Wani (60)and Gulham Mohammad (71). All these pilgrims have died at Makkah on different dates, they said. Meanwhile, pilgrims from the state alleged that they were being forced to vacate their hotel rooms a day before their departure from Jeddah, where they are facing more delay.
The first flight which was scheduled to reach here at 0900 hrs on October 11, reached at 1600 hrs. Similarly flights were also delayed on subsequent days also, forcing SHC to issue an advisory asking relatives of Hajjis to contact SHC or listen announcements on Radio Kashmir, Srinagar for arrival of special Hajj flights.
SHC Executive Officer Mushtaq Ahmad admitted that there has been delayed for the departure of flights at Jeddah airport due to some technical issues. More than 7,000 pilgrims performed Hajj this year from Jammu and Kashmir.