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147,000 Indian pilgrims move to Mina safely

On the first day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, some 147,000 Indians moved towards the valley of Mina, a senior Indian official said on Sunday.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2006 04:56 IST

On the first day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, some 147,000 Indians moved towards the valley of Mina, a senior Indian official said on Sunday.

Ausaf Sayeed, Indian Consul General, said the Indian Hajis are allotted to 39 Maktabs belonging to the South Asian Moassasa. Over 97,000 Haj pilgrims, who came through the Haj Committee of India, have been accommodated within the traditional boundaries of Mina.

A 23-member Haj Goodwill Delegation led by K. Rahman Khan, Deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, has also arrived in Mina and many members are visiting different camps of Indian Hajis.

All senior officials of the Indian Haj Mission led by Ambassador, Consul General and Consul Haj are also camping in Mina.

"No untoward incident has been reported in Mina so far. There is no information about any deaths or injuries to Indian pilgrims staying in Mina," Sayeed said.

Noor Jahan of Meerut, UP (Cover No.UP-5303/8 Passport No.18033) delivered a baby boy yesterday in the main dispensary of the Indian Haj Mission.

Both the mother and baby are safe. This is the second delivery reported in this Haj season from amongst the pilgrims of India.

The first baby was delivered on December 28, 2005 by Bano (Cover No. UP 4334/7 Passport No.14502) belonging to Uttar Pradesh.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 04:56 IST