At least 18 killed in a stampede near Malabar Hill in Mumbai

The stampede took place as thousands of mourners converged near Saifee Mahal, where the Syedna’s body was kept for people to pay their last respects.


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Published: Sat 18 Jan 2014, 9:20 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:50 AM

At least 18 people were killed in a stampede that broke out early Saturday near the Malabar Hill residence of Bohra spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died on Friday morning, officials said.

According to police and BMC Disaster Control officials, the stampede took place around 1.30 a.m. as thousands of community mourners converged near Saifee Mahal, where the Syedna’s body was kept for people to pay their last respects.

The cause of the sudden stampede is not clear, but officials said at least 17 bodies were taken to Saifee Hospital and one to Cumballa Hill Hospital.

At least 20 people, who suffered injuries, were treated and allowed to go, while another three have been admitted for treatment, BMC Disaster Control said.

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, died following cardiac arrest here Friday, an official said.

He was 102 and his funeral is scheduled later this morning in Bhendi Bazaar, south Mumbai.

UAE condoles Syedna’s death as gloom grips Bohra community

The Dawoodi Bohra community offering prayers for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin at Burhani Mosque in Sharjah on Friday. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Members of the Bohra community all over the world scrambled to board the first available fights to Mumbai to pay respects to their spiritual leader Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who passed away on Friday aged 102.

Syedna, known as an ambassador of peace and goodwill, had been the leader of the community for the past 50 years.

The UAE President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, sent a cable of condolences to Mufaddal Saifuddin, deputy leader of the Bohra community on the death of his father.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; also sent condolences.

A spokesman for the community in Mumbai said the present, 53rd Dai Al Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will lead the Namaz-e-Janaza of the late Syedna at Saifee Masjid at Bhendi Bazaar and the leader will be laid to rest at Raudat Tahera mausoleum in Mumbai this morning. “Thousands of Dawoodi Bohras from all over India and from some 40 nations will be converging in Mumbai to pay their last respects and homage to their leader,” he said.

The successor of the departed leader, Sahab Mufaddal Saifuddin, was yet to return to Mumbai from Colombo.

Sources said the senior most people of the community in Dubai have already left for Mumbai.

Shops and offices owned by Bohras in the UAE, Mumbai and other places will remain shut for three days. “People have stopped eating and drinking. We have kept prayers in the mosque, and for the next three days, all the 700 shops of the Bohra community will remain closed for mourning,” said Ahmed Baghdadwala who has been in Dubai since 1978. -

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