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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 12 September: AMONG those killed in the mishap at Mecca on Friday, there is one pilgrim from West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamaata Banerjee has said.

“As of now one death and two injuries have been reported from our state at Mecca,” Miss Banerjee tweeted early on Saturday afternoon.

According to the West Bengal Haj Committee chairman Haji Nurul Islam, the deceased has been identified as Muniza Ahmed (59). She was a resident of  AE/20 Kalyanpur Satellite Township (ADDA Colony) at Dhadka in Asansol, Burdwan.

The two inured are Seikh Hasem Ali (62) of Pathagrhata in Malda and Liaqat Hussain (61) of West Midnapore.

A little while ago in the evening, Miss Banerjee has announced that the state government would give Rs 10 lakh as financial assistance to the family of deceased Muniza Ahmed and Rs 1 lakh would be paid to each of the injured pilgrims.

“Though monetary compensation cannot be a substitute for life lost, still we are trying our best to provide all support and co-operation to the distressed families,” she said in a Facebook post. This will be in addition to the Rs 3 lakh insurance coverage that all Haj pilgrims have by default.

In her morning tweet, Miss Banerjee announced that the Bengal government has opened a round the clock control room at Haj House near Haldiram on VIP Road with a toll free helpline to assist and inform the relatives of the pilgrims from the state who went to Mecca this time. The toll free room number is 1800-3457-155.

“My deep condolences to the bereaved families. I also wish speedy recovery of the injured. We are with all of them. Contact is being made with relatives of dead and injured for all help and support,” the Bengal Chief Minister tweeted.