18 people have died and over 40 were injured in a stampede that broke out early Saturday near the Malabar Hills residence of Dawood Bohra spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who passed away on Friday. The injured were taken to the Saifee hospital.
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin will be cremated today. Thousands of his
followers are reaching to the spot to have the last glimpse of their
spiritual leader. Police is taking all the precautions this time to
avoid any repeat of the unfortunate stampede that took place earlier.
The stampede took place at around 1:30 am on Saturday, when thousands of community mourners were present at the Saifee Mahal, where the Syedna's body was kept for people to pay their last respects. He will be buried beside his father at Raudat Tahera Mausoleum in Bhendi Bazar, south Mumbai.
The cause of this sudden stamped is not yet clear. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, tweeted about this incident saying, “Stampede near Syedna Sahib's residence is very unfortunate. Condolences to families of those who lost their lives & prayers with the injured.”
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who was born in Surat, Gujrat in 1915 died on Friday due to heart attack in Mumbai. He was of 98 years old as per the Gregorion calender and as per Islamic calender he was 102 years old when he died. Burhanuddin is a spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohras, a sub-group within the Mustaali, which is a Ismaili Shia branch of Islam.
The 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq (direct in the line of Prophet Mohammed), was known for his insightful teachings, and was credited with guiding 12-lakh-strong Dawoodi Bohra community, he led them towards modernity and prosperity. Burhanuddin has also done a lot to the society, he launched low-finance housing schemes and also institutionalized the tradition of mass marriages to curb wasteful expenditure on opulent marriages.