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First batch of Hajj pilgrims lands at Srinagar airport

SRINAGAR: First contingent of Hajj pilgrims arrived at Srinagar airport today afternoon. There relatives gathered at the airport to see their loved ones fit and sundry. This year, Hajj saw two tragedies hitting the pilgrims leading to death of . The death of four pilgrims from the state in the Haj stampede last week, killing over 1090 in the Haj stampede in Mina has been condoled by state parties. Those killed in the stampede included 45 Indians.

hajj pilgrims srinagar airport first batchIn a joint statement issued by Mohd Amin Bhat, Haji Abdul Rashid, G. M Saroori, Chowdhary Akram, Usman Majid, Gulzar Ahmed Wani, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Shoaib Nabi Lone, Salman Nizami, Farooq Andrabi, Mohd Sharief Niaz, Abdul Majid Wani the Congress leaders have expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.

They offered condolences to the family members of all those Hajjis who lost their lives in the tragic stampede at Mina last week. “Our heart goes out to those who lost their near and dear ones in the tragic stampede at Mina. I pray to Almighty Allah to rest departed souls in peace,” they said.

The Congress leaders also prayed for speedy recovery of those pilgrims from J-K, who were injured in the unfortunate incident. They urged the State Hajj Committee to coordinate with the concerned authorities for providing best possible medical treatment to the injured Hajjis for their speedy recovery.

According to Haj Committee of India, four Hajjis have died in the Mina stampede from the state, who have been identified as Abdul Salam Dar (JKR-9416-2-0), resident of HMT Road, Zainakote area of Srinagar and Mehraj-ud-din Ganai (JKR 6955-2-0), resident of Patlipora Bala, Chatabal, Srinagar, Ghulam Muhammad Sargaro (JKR2532-2) and Sarah Begum