Around 150 Haj pilgrims hailing from Assam scheduled to return from Jeddah on August 19th, 2019 got stuck at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia after their flight back to India got cancelled.
As per reports, a group of 150 pilgrims from the state had travelled for the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina on July 6th, 2019 and on August 19th, 2019 at 11:40 am, they had a return flight to India. However, when they reached the airport, they were informed that their flight has been cancelled.
Speaking to Time8, one of the Haj pilgrims said, “The airport authorities didn’t inform us beforehand that our flight has been cancelled. Only after reaching the airport, we were informed about the cancellation of our flight. Later, the airport authorities arranged a hotel for us. Unfortunately, the hotel failed to provide basic facilities like water and food. The airport authorities are yet to intimate us about the timing of our next flight.”
“We have run out of cash and are facing a harrowing time here. We appeal the Indian government to help us return Assam at the earliest,” said another Haj pilgrim.
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