Death toll of Indians in the Hajj stampede rises to 114, 10 missing

New Delhi: The death toll of Indians in the Hajj stampede has risen to 114 even as 10 nationals still remain missing after the last month's horrific tragedy, one of the worst to hit the annual pilgrimage.

File photo of the Hajj stampede victims. AFP

File photo of the Hajj stampede victims. AFP

"Haj stampede -- Unfortunately, Indian toll is now 114 with 10 missing," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter on Sunday.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh was in Saudi Arabia last week for the identification process of the missing Indians by the Saudi authorities.

According to media reports, over 1,000 people have been killed in the stampede at Mina.

The Hajj stampede on 24 September 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 Hajj pilgrims after a construction crane collapsed on 11 September at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing over 100 people, including 11 Indians.

PTI


Published Date: Oct 12, 2015 07:50 am | Updated Date: Oct 12, 2015 07:50 am


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