It is the second worst tragic stampede to hit the yearly pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as 717 people were killed and more than 860 others were injured in a stampede on Thursday during Hajji. Out of the 717, four of them were Indians who died during the symbolic stoning of the devil which includes a woman and a volunteer. Two Indians were also injured severely. The incident took place due to a sudden surge in the number of pilgrims heading to Jamarat for symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls resulted in the stampede at 9 AM local time (1130 IST).
According to reports from the Saudi Press Agency, the blitz took place at the intersection of two streets leading to Jamarat, about five kilometers from Makkah. Kerala’s Rural Development and Non Resident Keralite Affairs (NORKA) Minister K C Joseph in Thiruvananthapuram said that among the 4 Indians who died, one man was from Kerala identified as Mohammed from Kodungaloor in Thrissur district.
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