Haj pilgrims return

The last batch of 147 Haj pilgrims from Bihar, including 59 women, arrived by the 32nd special Haj flight operated by Air India to ferry pilgrims to Gaya disembarkation point.

By Farhana Kalam in Gaya
  • Published 12.09.18
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Gaya: The last batch of 147 Haj pilgrims from Bihar, including 59 women, arrived by the 32nd special Haj flight operated by Air India to ferry pilgrims to Gaya disembarkation point.

According to state Haj coordinator Abdul Moqsit Karimi, seven out of the 4,798 pilgrims from the state died in Saudi Arabia and 12 fell ill.

Seven unwell passengers were accommodated in flights other than special flights for state pilgrims. Four pilgrims and an equal number of attendants from the state stayed back on account of hospitalisation and treatment.

No less than 51 complaints were received of luggage mess-up in which check-in luggage of pilgrims was not loaded. However, Air India station manager said the complaint figures were exaggerated. The manager put the number of complaints at 26.

In only two of the 32 special flights, the mismatch of passengers and their luggage was reported. The luggage was subsequently retrieved and handed over to the pilgrims, claimed the station manager.