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    Indian Muslim leader alleges corruption in Haj pilgrimage NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (AFP) -

    The head of India's largest mosque Tuesday sought a better deal for the country's Muslims making the Haj pilgrimage, alleging corruption among officials handling the annual trip.

    Ahmed Bukhari of the 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque said in an open letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee that the pilgrims faced "corruption, wrong decisions and mismanagement" in organising their trip to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia and Islam's holiest site.

    "I am sorry to say that the problems of Indian Haj pilgrims is increasing year by year," said Bukhari, following a fact-finding visit to Saudi Arabia last month.

    "The government spends a lot of money for helping the pilgrims, but unfortunately it falls into irresponsible and corrupt hands," said Bukhari.

    The country's organisation for the Haj pilgrimage is managed almost wholly by Muslims. India is the second largest Muslim country in the world after Indonesia.

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