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Dignitaries pay condolences on Syedna Burhanuddin’s demise

Bohra leader

President Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi condoled the demise of Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community

Bohra leaderNew Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress Vice President Rahul gandhi condoled the demise of Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

In a letter, President Mukherjee said, “In the passing away of Dr Syedna Burhanuddin, the Dawoodi Bohra Community has lost a spiritual leader of the highest order whose guidance and insightful teachings will continue to inspire people to follow the path of kindness and compassion,” said.

The 102-year-old spiritual leader died yesterday after a cardiac arrest at his residence in South Mumbai.

Union Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today expressed profound grief over death of 18 people in a stampede in Mumbai in a rush to pay last respects to the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin.

Shinde said, “I feel very sorry about the tragic incident and express my condolence over death of 18 persons,” Shinde told reporters.

He said he knew Burhanuddin (102) personally as he lived near his home when he was minister in Maharashtra in early 90s and met him a number of times.

Shinde said Burhanuddin was a very respected religious teacher and always preached about peace and brotherhood.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today expressed grief over the death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

He also expressed sorrow over the death of 18 persons in a stampede in Mumbai when Syedna’s followers started thronging his house after learning about his death.

In a letter to his son Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, Gandhi said that the Syedna was a messenger of peace and social upliftment and offered his heartfelt condolences to the family and the entire Dawoodi Bohra community.

Gandhi also extended his condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the stampede.

PTI

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