Death toll of Indians in Haj stampede rises to 35

  • PTI, Mina, Mecca
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 16:59 IST
Saudi Civil Defense medic treating a pilgrim after a stampede that killed over 700 and injured nearly a thousand pilgrims in Mina during the annual haj pilgrimage. (AP)

The death toll of Indian pilgrims in Thursday’s horrific stampede during haj rose to 35 on Sunday as authorities identified six more bodies among the victims, after a confirmation of seven deceased earlier in the day.

The six more Indians killed in the pilgrimage stampede in Saudi Arabia were identified by Haj Consulate in Jeddah as Jaibun Nisha from Bihar, Nashima Khatoon from Jharkhand, and four from Gujarat - Mohmed Yunus Rahimbhai Mansuri, Bibi Ismail, Maherunnisha Hanif, Mohammed Yusuf Sikandarmiya Malik.

Saudi authorities said the total death toll from the stampede during Haj went up to 769, while the number of injured stands at 934. At least 13 Indians were among those injured.

King Salman has ordered the formation of a committee to probe the deadly incident during the five-day pilgrimage in which around two million people from over 180 countries took part. From India, 1.5 lakh pilgrims performed Haj.

Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam that should be performed at least once in a lifetime by every Muslim who is financially and physically capable.

The stampede broke out after two massive lines of pilgrims converged on each other from different directions at an intersection close to the five-storey Jamarat Bridge in Mina for symbolic stoning of the devil.

It was the second major accident this year for pilgrims, after a construction crane collapsed on September 11 at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing over 100 people, including 11 Indians.

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