Concern in RS over missing Haj pilgrims
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 15:08
  
New Delhi: Concerns were expressed in the Rajya Sabha today over reports that 138 Haj pilgrims have gone missing and action was sought against Haj Committees at the national and state levels for "mismanagement" and "irresponsible behaviour".

The matter was raised during Zero Hour by Moinul Hassan (CPI-M), who said 138 persons who have gone for performing Haj pilgrimage are missing and their families are worried.

He said they had their return ticket for December 4 and have not come home even after the last Jeddah-Kolkata flight on December 5.

"They are actually not traceable," he said, asking the government to "take proper action for the irresponsible behaviour of the Haj management" and accused the government of being silent on the matter.

"I have raised the matter repeatedly about the mismanagement of Haj Committee," said Hassan, adding, "It shows irresponsibility on the part of the All-India Haj Committee and the State Haj Committees."

Hassan said the Indian Consulate General at Jeddah has written to All India Haj Committee also. "...there are reports that some 40 persons have died and 30 have been arrested..."

Raising another issue, Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) said 30 people from Punjab have been held captive by a real estate company in Kuwait and the government was not coming to their aid.

"These 30 Indians hail from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur and have been held captive in a room by a real estate company in Kuwait, where Indian Embassy is also not helping them," Khanna said. He was joined by M S Gill (Cong).

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 15:08


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