Mangaluru, Jan 7, 2018: Funeral of Abdul Bashir, who had succumbed to grievous injuries sustained in an apparent revenge attack in the aftermath of Deepak Rao murder, took place at the cemetery close to Kuloor Mahiuddin Jama Masjid at about 7 p.m.
Bashir, 47, had been attacked at 9:30 p.m. on 3rd January, a day after Deepak Rao was killed. Police have already arrested four suspects and said that the motive for the attack was to avenge Deepak Rao’s massacre. Bashir just happened to be unlucky enough to be spotted by them when they were on the prowl for a potential victim.
After a brave four-day struggle for survival Bashir died this morning at 8:00 at a private hospital in the city. As per family’s wishes the last rites were performed at the hospital itself and the body was draped in ceremonial white cloth. It was shifted by ambulance to his house at Akash Bhavan at about 2 p.m. and kept for public viewing where hundreds of people paid last respects. The family had earlier announced that there would be no funeral procession to avoid social tension.
At about 4:00 p.m. again the body was shifted Kuloor Mahiuddin Jama Masjid, which is situated several kilometers away. Here again the body was kept for public viewing. In the meanwhile Bashir’s second son Irshan who had been held up abroad was also able to land in Mangalore at 6.00 p.m. and was taken straight to the funeral venue to take a last look at his dead father.
After Magrib Nawaz prayer was performed at the mosque, the body was taken for burial in the adjacent cemetery and buried. Both his elder son Imram who had arrived from abroad two days back and his younger son Irshan who had just arrived were present along with several family members.
The government has announced Rs. 10 lakhs as relief to Bashir’s family. Deputy Commissioner Shashikanth Senthil who visited the family informed them that half the amount would be from the District Administration and the other half would be from the state government.