Mecca Tragedy Claims Man From West Bengal

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Raiganj: The Mecca stampede which killed at over 700 people including 14 Indians has claimed the life of a pilgrim from West Bengal, authorities said.

The deceased identified as Munshi Abdul Ajij (65) was a resident of Agapur village in North under Hemtabad block in North Dinajput district. Ajij’s son Jahirul Islam said that his father went to Mecca on August 28 where he succumbed to the stampede.

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The family received the news of Ajij’s death over phone on Thursday. The news cast a gloom of grief over the area. It is not yet known when his body will be flown in to India.

Ajij was an Urdu Teacher. He left a son and four daughters behind him.

A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season has killed at least 717 people and left 800 others wounded. The stampede occurred during the ritual known as “stoning the devil” in the tent city of Mina, about two miles from Mecca. Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony.

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