Biman Bangladesh Airlines got additional eight slots on Saturday to operate hajj flights till August 28 to send the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia who could not leave Dhaka for flight cancellations.
According to Hajj office at Askona in the city, some 1,15,730 Bangladeshi pilgrims till date have reached Makkah for performing the holy Hajj. Among 1,26,247 pilgrims who received visa, Biman has carried 60,099 pilgrims and Saudi Airlines 55,631.
Still, 10,517 pilgrims waiting to be carried to Makkah and tension is growing up among them.
Some 951 passports were not submitted for visa by the agencies and more than 300 pilgrims were trapped at the Hajj office in the city due to fraudulency of agencies though they had paid adequate fees for performing Hajj this year.
Those pilgrims on Saturday afternoon staged agitation in front of the Hajj camp at Askona in the city demanding proper action against the defaulted agency owners and guarantee of performing Hajj.
President of standing committee member of Religious Affairs Ministry Bajlul Haque Haroon addressed the issue and said general diaries have been filed against the agencies which failed to arrange hajj
flights with the concerned police stations.
“If those agencies do not confirm the flight of pilgrims within two days cases against them will be filed,” he warned.
Hajj pilgrims showed agitation against the agencies namely Madina Air International Aviation, Al Balak, Sanjid Travel, Eco Travel among 64 defaulted hajj agencies which have been alleged for fraudulency and mismanagement.
Hajj pilgrims have placed specific complaints of fraudulency and mismanagement against those hajj agencies to the officials of Hajj Office at Askona and demanded immediate solution from the concerned authorities.