Bangladesh Consulate confirms death of three Bangladeshis in Mina stampede
28 September 2015, Nirapad News: The Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah has revised down the confirmed death figure of Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims in Mina tragedy to three from four, according to a press release of the Foreign Ministry today.
Earlier, the Foreign Ministry said the Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah has so far confirmed the death of four Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims in the stampede in Mina on Thursday.
The Saudi authorities have released photographs of about 650 pilgrims who died in the stampede and among those Md Shahidul Islam and Aminur Rahman have been identified as Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims, said the earlier press release of the Foreign Office.
Its latest press release said though one of the dead bodies of the victims of Mina carnage was primarily identified as Aminur Rahman from Savar, Dhaka, the accompanying relatives after verifying the photos confirmed that it was not his dead body.
“Officials of Bangladesh Consulate General are trying to confirm the identity of the dead as well as other victims of the incident,” it said.
According to the latest report received here today from Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah, Shahidul Islam hails from Khulna.
Besides, another dead has been identified as a Bangladeshi national but his identity could not be confirmed yet. In addition, family member of a female Hajji Mrs Firoza Khanam confirmed her death in the stampede, the report said.
However, the number of missing Bangladeshi pilgrims is yet to be ascertained although the Saudi authorities are expected to publish photographs of the remaining victims by tomorrow.
The photographs of probable Bangladeshi victims have been displayed in the Bangladesh Hajj Mission, Makkah for identification by hajj agents, relatives and acquaintances, it said.
Medical teams are working at various hospitals and collecting information about the missing Bangladeshi Hajjis.
Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate General in Jeddah along with the Hajj Mission are working to get further information and to assist the victims, the report added.
The Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah requested the Hajjis, their companions and relatives, hajj guides and agents to report about missing hajjis over phone numbers 00966(0)537375859 and 00966(0)509360082.