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Sixty-year-old from Hyderabad killed in Hajj stampede, family to let Saudi officials bury her there

Jaanbibi Majeed had gone to Mecca on September 2 along with three other women. Her son Abdul Majeed said that she fell down in the stampede while the other three women are safe.

Mecca, Mecca stampede, hajj stampede, mecca pilgrims, hajj pilgrims, haj pilgrims, mecca accident, mecca incident, saudi stampede, world news, indian express news Muslim pilgrims gather around the victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday. (Source: AP photo)

A 60-year-old woman from L B Nagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad died in the stampede near Mecca on Thursday. Jaanbibi Sheikh had gone to Mecca on September 2 along with her husband Abdul Majeed Sheikh. Abdul Majeed’s brother Raouf Sheikh and his wife were also with them.

“At 11:45 am we received a call from Abdul Majeed that Jaanbibi fell down during a stampede near Mina and got crushed. They had just offered prayers and were proceeding towards the stoning place when the incident happened near a curve on the path. She was alive when rescue teams put her in an ambulance, but breathed her last on the way,’’ Mehboob Ali Sheikh, son-in-law said.

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“My father-in-law, his brother and his wife also fell down in the stampede, but they managed to get up quickly and escaped with minor injuries,’’ he said. Since Jaanbibi’s husband is also there in Mecca, the family has taken the painful decision to let her be buried near Mecca only by Saudi authorities instead of bringing the body back to Hyderabad.

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Haj Committees of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said that this is the only confirmed death case. Haj Committees of Telangana and AP said that a total of 5445 persons have gone from both states to Mecca this year.

“A majority of them have them have called their families and relatives here to say they are safe. We are waiting for reports from others who have not yet established contact,’’ Special Officer of Telangana State Haj Committee Prof S A Shukoor said. Irfan Shareef, Assistant Executive Officer of AP HAj Committee said that all AP pilgrims are safe.

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“So far we have not received any reports of any casualties. We contacted several family members here and most of them have received phone calls from the pilgrims saying they are safe. Some people have not yet made contact yet. Most of the pilgrims were carrying their cellphones with them and immediately got in touch with relatives. But as the death toll is mounting, we are constantly in touch with our counterparts in Jeddah to get latest information,’’ he said.

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Officials say that a large number of pilgrims on Thursday who gathered at Mina are from African countries, and from Iran. “The stampede occurred at Jadid Street in Mina. There were many Indians also but it seems a vast majority of those who were present in that street today are from Africa and Iran,” an official said.

“Most of the pilgrims who were near the stampede spot were from East and North African countries and also from Iran and some other Arab countries. A vast majority of Indians stay in Souq-al Arab street and Jawhara street and it appears that they were not among the pilgrims who were going on the path to stone the devil,’’ the official said.

Officials said that 5451 persons – 2963 from Telangana, 1819 from Andhra Pradesh, and 654 from Raichur, Bidar and Gulburga of Karnataka – have gone from Hyderabad to perform Haj this year.

 

First published on: 24-09-2015 at 08:03:19 pm
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