Final ‘unrest’: Badin mob digs out Hindu man’s grave

Published: October 8, 2013
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KARACHI: 

A mob dug out the grave of a local Hindu within 12 hours of his burial in a Pangrio city graveyard in Badin district on Sunday.

Bhuro Bheel, a local Hindu belonging to the lower caste Dalit, died in a road accident on Saturday. He was brought to Civil Hospital Hyderabad where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The family buried his remains in the Haji Faqeer graveyard.

Tension between the Hindu and Muslim communities was palpable as the small town looked deserted. The Muslim mob had dug the body out and placed it right outside the graveyard on the plea that a Hindu could not be buried in a Muslim graveyard.

Bhuro’s body remained exposed to the elements for eight hours as the family and relatives found it impossible to remove it fearing for their own lives with the hundreds-strong mob looming. Locals and the family confirmed to The Express Tribune that dozens of other Bheel community corpses were already buried in the graveyard and no one had ever objected.

A member of the local Hindu community, Dr Moti Bheel told The Express Tribune they were warned by some local youngsters to remove Bhuro’s body. “We informed the police about the matter,” he said, adding that announcements were made from a local mosque urging the Hindu community to remove the body or that it would be removed on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of Bheel community members along with supporters from Sindhi nationalist parties and civil society thronged the police station to protest. “Meanwhile the body was removed, dragged and left near the graveyard,” said Bhuro’s brother.

Maulvi Mithan Sikandri, a local cleric, informed The Express Tribune that the Sharia does not allow for a Hindu to be interred in a Muslim graveyard. Sikandri however denied that any Bheel body was ever buried in the graveyard. “I have been living in Pangrio for the last 40 years and I have never come across such an instance,” he said while confirming the mosque announcements.

Meanwhile, President of the Sindh Hari Purhyat Council Punhal Sario who reached the area at the time of the incident said, “hundreds of Bheel supporters including Muslims have reached Pangrio. However the situation is extremely tense.”

He accused local religious clerics of instigating the Muslim community by also inviting students from Madressas of nearby towns.

A local landlord in the evening provided space for the body to be buried. Station house officer Pangrio confirmed reports of tensions between the two communities.

“I have also been informed that more than 10 Bheel bodies are already buried in the graveyard,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Citizen Kane
    Oct 8, 2013 - 9:55AM

    Religion is indeed a divisive force and not something that can bond people together. Yesterday, it was Muslim vs Hindu, then it was Sunni vs Shia, then it was Deobandi vs Barelvi and now it’s just about everyone versus everyone else.

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  • Oct 8, 2013 - 9:59AM

    human are not get their right to be buried, even after death he/she has to fought for it

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  • SamQ1234
    Oct 8, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Please show some respect to the dead. It’s sad what these uneducated savages do, roaming around digging out bodies from graves, shameful :(

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  • raj
    Oct 8, 2013 - 12:34PM

    since when hindus started burying??

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  • Murali Mahidhara
    Oct 8, 2013 - 4:20PM

    There are sects among Hindus that bury the dead. That is not common but some do.

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  • darbullah
    Oct 8, 2013 - 4:40PM

    Mullahs are always like that.

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  • Eric Goldin
    Oct 8, 2013 - 6:24PM

    The entire muslim world is an “angry mob.”

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  • raj
    Oct 8, 2013 - 6:26PM

    @Murali Mahidhara: or can i say that they are forced to bury??

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  • Farid
    Oct 8, 2013 - 11:35PM

    Don’t Hindus cremate themselves? Don’t buy this story however this is wrong but at the same time it doesn’t make sense why they would target a dead man. Crazy world. And Raj please leave this paper, you are actually getting on my nerves. All you do is stalk Pakistani news 24/7, do you have a life?! Never seen someone this desperate!

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  • M. Emad
    Oct 9, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Bury the Bheel bodies at the premeis of Jinnah’s graveyard at Karachi. It will increase Jinnah as well as Pakistan’s image.

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 23, 2013 - 9:38AM

    @raj:
    it is cheaper

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 23, 2013 - 9:38AM

    @Eric Goldin:
    our country our rules zip it

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  • SRG
    Oct 23, 2013 - 10:52AM

    The local landlord deserves all praise for providing space for the body to be buried. The Hindu community, civil socities and its supporters should chalk out a plan for seperate graveyard for Hindus in order to shun future dispute.

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