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Number of Indian Haj pilgrims crosses 1 lakh

world Updated: Oct 28, 2011 12:07 IST

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A total of 101,072 Indian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage, Indian officials in the country have said.

According to the Consulate General of India in the Saudi city of Jeddah, 97,405 pilgrims are presently in Makkah while 3,628 pilgrims are in Madinah.

A total of 356 flights have so far ferried pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

According to the consulate, as of Wednesday, 46 pilgrims have died, out of which 39 came through Haj Committee of India and seven through private tour operators.

The maximum number of Indian pilgrims, a total of 31,389, have flown from Delhi so far while Lucknow has sent 12,485 Hajis.