Mecca Tragedy Claims Woman From Asansol


Asansol: Two Indians including an woman from Asansol in West Bengal have died in the tragic Mecca crane crash which left at least 107 people dead and another 200 injured.

The deceased from Asansol has been identified as Manija Ahmed, wife of Inteyaj Ahmed. Sorrow engulfs the area after the news reached the locality. Other members of the family are said to be out of the state now.

A crane crashed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The crane fell 10 days before the start of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage expected to bring 2 million people to Mecca. The Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba — a cube-shaped shrine that worshippers circle.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressing her condolence said, “We have opened a round the clock control room in Haj House and a toll free helpline to help the people. Control room number is 18003457155.” She also announced an amount of Rs. 10 Lakh to the deceased and Rs. 1 Lakh to the injured from the state.

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