Over 100 Hajj Pilgrims From Maharashtra Stranded in Medina Due to Tour Operators' Dispute
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Mumbai, November 5: Over 100 Haj pilgrims from Marathwada region in Maharashtra who were supposed to return from Jeddah on Sunday are waiting to get back home and are still at the holy city of Madina. Reports said that the reason why the pilgrims have to wait back is the differences between the two tour operators. The return journey of the pilgrims have been cancelled in the fight between the two tour operators.

A total of 102 pilgrims had travelled from Solapur, Latur, Beed and Osmanabad to the holy Mecca and Medina in October, reported the Mumbai Mirror. They had undertaken the journey from Mumbai, said the report and had a return ticket on an Oman Air Jeddah-Muscat-Mumbai flight. The English daily quoted one Shaikh Qayyum blaming Aseel Tours and Travels for the trouble. He said that the arrangements made were of a very poor quality and that they fear they would run out of money soon.

The Indian pilgrims have registered a complaint with the Indian consulate in Oman, said reports. They also said that the Aseel Tours and Travels have not been responding to the messages. The pilgrims have appealed for help.