27 Haj Pilgrims ‘Missing’ In Saudi Arabia: Odisha DGP Suspects Passports Not Issued From Bhubaneswar
**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha Police DG KB Singh on Tuesday clarified that Odisha Police has not been asked for any information by the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) regarding disappearance of 27 Indian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. He also said that according to his ‘own sources’ the passports were issued from Kolkata, not from Bhubaneswar.
He said, “I have learnt about this issue from the media. According to my sources, the passports were issued from Kolkata. However, this information is not authentic and whenever any information comes to us, we’ll inquire into it. But so far we have not received any official communication.”
Earlier, some media reports claimed that the Odisha CID, Crime Branch and Intelligence Wing had sought information from the regional passport office in Bhubaneswar after receiving information from the Mumbai ATS.
Notably, the Mumbai ATS launched an inquiry after a Mumbai-based travel agent informed the Mumbai police about the disappearance of 27 West Bengal’s Murshidabad-based pilgrims in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah.
According to the agent, the pilgrims didn’t even reach their hotel. When they didn’t return on the scheduled date, the agent informed the cops.
Interestingly, their passports were allegedly issued from Regional Passport Office Bhubaneswar.