Hyderabad: With arrival of the last chartered Haj flight, carrying 446 pilgrims, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamsabad, the Haj Season 2017 came to a successful conclusion on Friday.
Telangana State Haj Committee Special Officer Prof. S. A. Shukoor received the Haj pilgrims at the Haj Terminal. He said that altogether 6,347 pilgrims including 3,445 from Telangana, 2096 from Andhra Pradesh and 806 from Karnataka state had left Hyderabad through 15 chartered Haj Flights from 16th August onwards till 22nd August.
The pilgrims performed the Haj and later visited the holy tomb of the Holy Prophet in Madeenah.
In the return journey, a total of 6332 pilgrims of Hyderabad Embarkation Point arrived back. As many as 43 more pilgrims from Telangana had undertaken the sacred journey from Mumbai, who will arrive on 3rd September. There were 13 death cases including nine from Telangana and two each from AP and Karnataka.
Two pilgrims who were admitted in the hospital were discharged and efforts are on to bring them back by tomorrow by a scheduled flight.
Deputy Chief Minister Janab Mohammed Mahmood Ali, who had flagged off the first flight at the airport also received the Haj pilgrims of first flight at the Airport. Elaborate arrangements were made for the smooth departure and arrival of the Haj pilgrims. (INN)