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Family still in dark whether Haji Quader alive or dead

Update : 06 Oct 2015, 07:57 PM

Despite having passed 11 days after the Mina stampede tragedy, a hajj pilgrim from the district has remained traceless.

The family members of pilgrim Abdul Quader, 60, from Bargaon village in Matalab Dakshin upazila, are in dark whether he is alive or dead.

They wanted to take back the body to the country from the KSA in case of the death although the foreign affairs ministry claimed none demanded to bring back the body of pilgrims who met death in the Mina stampede and that was why it did not adopt any steps in this regard.

When contacted, Quader’s wife Lutfa Begum urged the authorities concerned upon finding out her husband and she believes her husband is still alive.

In case of the death, she demanded bringing back the body from the KSA.

Local madrasa teacher Quader on August 24 left home to perform hajj and he was in contact with his family members till September 23, previous day of the deadliest incident.

Other Hajj pilgrims who were with the missing one said Quader left his passport in hotel room before going to perform Hajj, which was later handed over to the Saudi Hajj mission.

In a query of making contact with any public department regarding Quader’s missing, the family members failed to give satisfactory answer.

At least 769 pilgrims – according to the Saudi Health Ministry – were killed on September 24 in a stampede in Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, where some two million people gathered to perform Hajj this year.

Of them, the death toll of Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims was 41, said a Foreign Ministry press release on October 1.

Out of 41 bodies, identities of 18 pilgrims has been confirmed, names of 12 have been found and the remaining 11 are unnamed. 

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