Pampore: The family of a woman Haji from Tral, who has died in Mina, said that she died in the stampede that killed more than 1,000 pilgrims, not because of natural causes as state Hajj officials claim.
Mukhta Bano, 65, was accompanied by her husband Mohammad Ayoub Shah of Tral when she passed away. She was buried at Mazar-e-Shariah in the Saudi city on Sunday.
“The Hajj Committee members were busy in taking photographs and were unaware of the incident (stampede). My father informed us about the incident and we called Hajj and Auqaf minister Abdul Rehman Veeri who provided us the contact numbers of the Saudi consulate,” said Javaid Ahmad Shah, son of the deceased.
Javaid said that another woman pilgrim, Raja Begum, who was accompanying his mother, has been injured in the accident. Mukhta had left for Jeddah on August 28.
Veeri told Kashmir Reader, “We have been informed by the Hajj Committee members from Kashmir that Mukhta died a natural death. However we are collecting more information.”