Ahead of the funeral of Dawoodi Bohra spiritual leader Dr Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin in Mumbai, a stampede broke out near his residence Saifee Mahal, Malabar Hill, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, killing 18 people and leaving at least 46 injured.
The worst such tragedy in the metropolis showed complete lack of coordination between Mumbai police and Bohra community leaders. The police also appeared to have grossly underestimated the turnout of those seeking to pay their last respects. Those killed in the stampede included two minors and five senior citizens.
However, police said the stampede broke out as community leaders closed the gates of the Syedna’s residence, located in a narrow lane, causing people gathered outside to rush to get in. The incident happened around 1.30 am, shortly after community leaders announced that the gates would be closed.