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By Aditya Anand, Mumbai Mirror | Apr 12, 2016, 02.00 AM IST
Complaint to DGCA says the chopper flew too low, sparking panic on the ground.
The two factions of the Bohras will not stop sniping at each other, not even in the death of the head of one the warring groups.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has opened an inquiry after residents of Bhendi Bazaar, predominantly followers of recently crowned Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, objected to the body of his rival claimant to the crown Khuzaima Qutbuddin being flown over the Raudat Tahera, the mausoleum of the 51st Dai-I-Mutlaq Syedna Tahir Saifuddin.
The body of Khuzaima Qutbuddin, who passed away on March 31 in California after a cardiac arrest, had to be flown over Raudat Tahera because his family feared the followers of ruling dispensation would not allow them to enter the shrine on Mohammed Ali road.
Ever since the passing away of the 52nd Dai Syendna Mohammad Burhanuddin, the faction led by his son, the incumbent Dai Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, has barred the family and followers of Khuzaima Qutbuddin from entering Raudat Tahera.
Just hours after Syendna Mohammad Burhanuddin passed away on January 17, 2014, Khuzaima Qutbuddin left the family's palace in south Mumbai with his sons and daughters and their children. He later filed a suit at the Bombay High Court, staking his claim to status of the 53rd Dai.
Residents of Bhendi Bazaar have complained that the chopper carrying Khuzaima Qutbuddin's body flew too low and circled Raudat Tahera seven times, sparking panic on the ground. The letter written to the DGCA says the chopper made dangerous manoeuvres as it circled over the densely populated area.
A spokesman from Khuzaima Qutbuddin's side, however, said all permissions the chopper to fly over Raudat Tahera were in place. "It is not possible to carry out an operation like this without necessary permission. All our paperwork was in place," he said.
Confirming that a complaint has been received, DGCA chief M Sathiyavathy said it is being "looked into by the regional office". Officials said the DGCA would call for flight details from the helicopter's operator and the Juhu Air Traffic Control on Tuesday to see there was any merit in the complaint.
The last time, Khuzaima Qutbuddin's sons Aziz and Abdeali Hussain tried entering the Raudat Tahera on July 4, 2014, six months after the 52nd Syedna's demise, the two factions almost came to blows. Both sides later lodged complaints at the JJ police station.
During his deposition in the Bombay High Court in the succession suit, Khuzaima Qutbuddin had said that he was deeply saddened that he was not being allowed to enter his father's tomb.
The last statement released by Khuzaima's family had said: "In his last journey Syedna Qutbuddin's Janaza Mubaraka was taken by Syedna Taher Fakhruddin by helicopter to Raudat Tahera where he performed his last ziyarat (paying respects) circling around Raudat Tahera seven (7) times by aircraft. Syedna Qutbuddin had been prevented in the last two years from performing ziyarat at Raudat Tahera since the sad passing away of His Holiness the Late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. It was Syedna Qutbuddin's deepest wish to perform the ziyarats of his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and brother Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, and it was fulfilled as he always wanted it, with peace and dignity."