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Secure Mecca

Almost every year, many Hajjis are killed in stampedes at Mecca (Six Indians among 345 killed in Haj stampede, January 13).

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 03:35 IST
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Almost every year, many Hajjis are killed in stampedes at Mecca (Six Indians among 345 killed in Haj stampede, January 13). What is alarming is the lackadaisical arrangements and crowd control by the Saudi Arabian government. It is, after all, their responsibility to make the shrine and its premises secure. International agencies can be involved to make the pilgrimage safe.

Mohan Siroya
Mumbai

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This refers to the editorial It wasn’t fate alone, January 14. It is wrong to ask ‘Saudi government to take a leaf out of the religious practices elsewhere’. Stampedes and accidents occur during Kumbh melas in India also. The Saudis manage the largest congregation in the world at Kaaba. It is only during the stoning ritual that pilgrims are killed. It is difficult to control crowds caught in religious fervour.

N. Kunju
Delhi

Grant Salman’s wish

The judicial magistrate must seriously consider Salman Khan’s plea of being hanged (Hang me if I’m guilty: Salman to court, January 13) as he is fed up of facing prosecution. A media star who kills endangered wild animals, causes fatal accidents by reckless driving and beats up women should have faced punishment ages ago.

Brinda Upadhyaya
via e-mail

No extras please

It is shocking that the ‘messiah of the poor’, V.P. Singh, is misusing public resources (Govt. bungalows for ex-CMs under scanner, January 14). It is surprising to note that he has multiple government accommodations. In a country where a sizeable population lives in jhuggis or is homeless, the facility of providing State accommodation to retired political leaders should be withdrawn.

S.C. Aggarwal
via e-mail

Ignoring the court

The Supreme Court had ruled way back in 1996 that parks are not for weddings. But in ten years, none of the agencies of MCD, NDMC or DDA, heeded this observation. Marriages and religious festivals are held in parks all across Delhi. Is the agencies’ neglect of the court ruling not contempt of court?

Manisha Aggarwal
via e-mail

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