Mumbai: 18 dead in stampede ahead of Muslim leader's funeral

At least 18 people have been killed and over 60 injured after a stampede outside the residence of Bohra Muslim leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, whose funeral was to be conducted on Saturday.

FP Staff January 18, 2014 09:51:19 IST
Mumbai: 18 dead in stampede ahead of Muslim leader's funeral

Mumbai: At least 18 people have been killed and over 60 injured after a stampede outside the residence of Bohra Muslim leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, whose funeral is expected to be conducted on Saturday.

Mumbai 18 dead in stampede ahead of Muslim leaders funeral

PTI

The incident occurred after 1 am in the Malabar Hill area
where an overwhelming crowd had gathered to pay last respect to the departed spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, a civic official told PTI.

The injured were rushed to Saifi Hospital where they are currently being treated.

The 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the world-wide Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin expired on Friday at the age of 102 at his Mumbai residence at Saifee Mahal. The cause of death was a cardiac arrest.

The Bohra community is a 12-lakh strong community in Mumbai. The funeral is expected to be conducted today where better police arrangments are expected to be put in place.

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