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Thousands of Umrah pilgrims stranded at IGI Airport Delhi


Srinagar, Feb 08 (KNS): With cancellation of flights due to snowfall on Thursday, thousands of Kashmiri pilgrims who returned from Umrah from Saudi Arab are stranded at the IGI Airport in New Delhi.
Mohammad Amin Wani, one of the stranded Umrah pilgrims, told Kashmir News Service (KNS) over phone that they are still stranded at the airport terminal after arriving from Jeddah airport yesterday.
He said that after KNS reported their agony on Thursday, the authorities woke up and accommodated them in hotels in Delhi for overnight.
“However, today we are stranded and struggling to reach home. Authorities at the airport and Air India operator have made our life plightful here. We appeal to the state government to fly us to Srinagar airport,” he said.
He said the number of Umrah pilgrims stranded at the airport has reached in thousands as more flights arrived since yesterday.
“Old aged persons, children and women are among the stranded passengers since 6 am at Gate no 29A, 29B, 30A and 30B. Air India has not provided us any refreshment since morning,” he said, adding the authorities should intervene to provide travel arrangements for them today. (KNS)