'None from admin turns up to see off Hajj pilgrims at Bhaderwah'

Second batch of 18 Hajj pilgrims, who gathered at Markazi Jamia Masjid early on Saturday morning were seen confused and cooling their heels as none of the officers from civil or police administration turned up to guide them about the vehicle and security.

According to reports, at around 7.30 am, instead of routine J&K SRTC bus, a 12-seater tempo arrived for 18 pilgrims, thus forcing six others to hire a taxi for their further journey towards Srinagar .

“It is very unfortunate on part of civil and police administration that they couldn’t even come to guide and provide security to the pilgrims,” said Advocate Mohammad Majid Malik, senior journalist.

“Every year, SRTC buses used to carry the pilgrims in an organised manner, but unfortunately despite paying for everything in advance, pilgrims were forced to hire private vehicles. This attitude of administration is unacceptable,” said Riyaz Ahmed Najar, a senior citizen.

Tehsildar Bhaderwah, Zeeshan Tahir, however  said that an officer of Naib Tehsildar rank was deputed to accompany the Haj pilgrims upto Doda.

“The other grievances will be looked into,” he said.

In the second and final batch, 18 pilgrims from Bhaderwah left for Srinagar to take their further journey to Jeddah.

Jammu & Kashmir with special quota of 2000, is having a quota of 9,762 pilgrims. A total of 22,389 applications were received by the J&K State Haj Committee for 6,163 seats.