Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Two from Pune among 18 dead in stampede at Syedna funeral

Express News Service | Pune | Posted: January 19, 2014 5:28 am | Updated: February 6, 2014 2:50 pm

Pune

Two men from Pune were among the 18 people who died in the stampede that occurred just before the funeral of spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in Mumbai on Saturday morning. 

The two are Amir Kalolwala, 29, a resident of Hill Mist Garden on NIMB Road, and Nazmuddin Kapdawala, also 29.

Kalolwala, who worked with WNS Ltd here, had gone to Mumbai along with his family to pay last respects to Syedna who died on Friday.

Speaking to The Indian Express in Mumbai, a relative of the Kalolwala family said Amir was with his father Abbas Kalolwala when the stampede took place. His father somehow managed to escape while Amir’s injuries turned fatal.

Zoher Harnesswala, a spokesperson for the Pune Dawoodi Bohra community, said Kalolwala’s last rites were to be performed in Mumbai on Saturday evening. “With so many injuries and deaths, there was confusion at the hospital. The family got the body in the evening. The last rites of Amir will be performed in Mumbai. All his relatives were in Mumbai for Syedna funeral hence the decision was taken,” said Harneswala.

Describing the situation at Syedna residence in Mumbai when the stampede occurred, Harneswala, who was also there, said: “The crowd was huge. It was expected that many people will come for the funeral, but the number that turned up was vast. It was much more than what was expected.”

According to the Mumbai police, a total of 18 people were killed — a majority of them due to suffocation in the packed narrow lanes — while 46 others were injured. The injured were reportedly discharged immediately after first aid.

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