Remember the sight of Yakub Menon’s funeral at Mumbai last year in July? This is one of the pictures taken on the day of his funeral.
Thousands gathered for the burial of a man convicted for his involvement in the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts that killed 257 innocents and injured another 713.
A somewhat similar sight was seen at the funeral of six of the eight men of the banned terrorist organisation SIMI on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh.
Thousands marched with the bodies of the six of the men killed in an encounter with the police on Monday in Bhopal.
Five of the men were from Khandwa and one from near Ujjain. Photos from the funeral processions of the dreaded SIMI men showed thousands of mourners carrying the body to the burial ground.
At Khandwa, the procession turned violent when some unidentified persons allegedly threw stones. The enraged mob immediately smashed a bike and a bus.
To control the mob, Kahandwa DM Swati Meena Naik had to herself come with the police force to handle the situation. She successfully managed to bring the situation under control in a short while.
It was only then that the funeral proceeded peacefully. However, reports say that the DM and other police officials were not allowed to enter the cemetery.
That so many turned up for members of a banned terror organisation is quite shocking. Questioning the encounter is one thing, but if thousands come out for the funeral of men who have affiliations with terror organisations is something else.
One of the men who were killed was Abdul Majeed; he was an expert in making bombs.
His body was buried at Mahidpur near Ujjain. Nearly half of the town wore a deserted look on Tuesday because of a very heavy police deployment.
And how many participated in the funeral procession? Over 2000, we are told.
The dreaded men had escaped the high-security Bhopal prison just after Diwali night killing a head constable who was due to retire in two years.
Security forces surrounded them around 15 kilometers from the prison on a hillock. Though they were asked to surrender, the men allegedly shot at the cops who returned fire killing all eight of them.
The men were involved in everything from killing cops to terrorism. Questions have been raised on the encounter following videos purportedly showing the cops firing at the SIMI men from close range even as they lie injured.