Almost 150 Bangladeshi pilgrims still missing after Hajj stampede
4 October 2015, Nirapad News: Nearly 150 Bangladeshi pilgrims have remained missing 10 days into the Hajj stampede in Mina outside Saudi Arabia’s Holy city of Makkah.
Over 41 Bangladesh nationals died in the deadly stampede while performing Holy Hajj this year in Arafah Mountain area in Mina on September 24. Jeddah consulate consul general AKM Shahidul Karim has confirmed that 41 Bangladesh nationals were trampled under the feet of panicked pilgrims near Makkah during the final stages of Holy Hajj rituals.
At least 148 Bangladeshis reportedly went missing after the tragedy around 11am Saudi time on Sept 24, the Eid day in Saudi Arabia. Majorities of the Middle Eastern countries observed Holy Eid-ul-Azha on September 24 (Friday).
Regarding the missings, the consul general said that they prepared the list as per complaints of relatives and information from different sources, including the Hajj camp, hospital sources and Saudi civil defence and police. But it is not verified.
About injured Hajis, Shahidul Karim said 61 Bangladeshi Hajis are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Makkah and Jeddah.
On September 24, the stampede occurred during the ritual of “stoning the devil (satan)” where 769 pilgrims were killed and 934 were injured.