The Jama Masjid trust of south Mumbai, which owns (and maintains) the Bada Kabarstan Muslim burial ground at Marine Lines, has rubbished reports that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had booked his grave even before he fled the country in the 1980s. Reports said that Dawood wanted to be buried in the graveyard in Mumbai, the city he grew up in.
There were also reports that Dawood was scouting for a burial place in Khed, his native place.
“When Dawood fled, he was in his early 30s. At that age, who would think of death, forget booking a grave for himself?” a senior member of the Jama Masjid trust told HT on Monday.
The trustee, who termed the media reports as a “figment of someone’s imagination”, said the Kaskar family had been allotted the “Oota” (burial place) in the burial ground back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “Several other families have been allotted Ootas (burial space) in the same graveyard,” the trustee said, requesting anonymity.
The trustee said Ibrahim Kaskar, Dawood’s father, mother Ameenabi, younger brother Sabeer and brother-in-law Ibrahim Parkar (husband of Haseena Parkar) were buried at the Kaskar family Oota. “It’s natural that other members of the family would be buried there if they are brought here,” the trustee said adding, “How can we debate whether Dawood would be buried here when no one is sure where he is right now?”
Meanwhile, a close relative of Dawood’s family expressed annoyance at the reports and said, “Just tell them to stop their loose talk and no further comment on this issue.”
Mumbai crime branch officials also expressed surprise at the reports. “We know for sure that Pakistan will never send Dawood’s body back to India as it will be confirmation of the fact that he is in Pakistan. Secondly, as Dawood now holds a Pakistani passport, how will the government of India allow his body to be flown into the country and buried in Mumbai?” a senior crime branch official said.