Death toll of Indian pilgrims who were killed in Hajj stampede near Mecca in Saudi Arabia has crossed 100 mark yesterday.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has stated her views through twitter, “Saudi authorities have identified more pilgrims who died in Haj stampede. The toll of Indian pilgrims is now 101. We have 32 missing “.
Previous death toll was 81. External Affairs Ministry has stated the details of Indians who have died in Hajj stampede, list of injured pilgrims and Indians from Hajj Committee and Tourism Operators were also found missing as reported from Indian Hajj Mission.
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has inspected in Saudi Arabia for looking over proofs of the missing Indians with the help of Saudi, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup stated yesterday.
“The minister sought the intervention of the Saudi Health Minister to find the identities of all the Indian pilgrims. He also conveyed that several missing cases were still pending with the Indian mission and it can only be resolved after the identification process is complete. Singh has been assured of all support and assistance by the Saudi minister,” Vikas Swarup stated.
The Hajj stampede which took place on September 24 broke out when major groups of pilgrims charged into each other from opposite directions at convergence closer to five storey Jamarat Bridge near Mina where the historic event of stoning the evil carries out. This accident was the second major incident which took place this year before it a construction crane collapsed near Mecca’s Grand Mosque where over 100 people were killed 11 Indians were among them.