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Irregularities

Saudi Arabia accuses six hajj agencies

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Saudi Arabian government has made allegations of irregularities against six Bangladeshi hajj agencies.

In a letter on Thursday, the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Bangladesh has instructed the agencies to send their opinions to the Saudi government refuting the allegations by September 26.

Without mentioning any details of the irregularities, the letter said that the monitoring committee of the Saudi Hajj Ministry found errors and made comments against the hajj agencies.

The agencies are Zarina International (License No. 1486), Al Mozdalifa Aviation (License No. 667), SMSK Air International (License No. 936), Al Khidmah Overseas (License No. 1524), Desh & Abroad (License No. 254) and SN Travels and Tours (License No. 1136).

The hajj was held in Saudi Arabia on July 8. As many as 60,146 pilgrims (including management members) visited Saudi Arabia on 165 flights from June 5 to July 5. After the Hajj, the return flight ended on August 8.

This time 349 hajj agencies conducted hajj activities. Some 4,115 people performed hajj through government agencies while 55,885 people through private agencies.