Concern in RS over missing Haj pilgrims

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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