In a reminder of scenes that were witnessed when hordes of people attended the funeral procession of Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon, thousands of people were reported to have attended the funeral ceremonies of eight SIMI Members who were killed in an Fake encounter in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
Over 2000 people took part in funeral processions of seven SIMI Members who were buried at various places in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
Out of these seven, five belonged to Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh where they were buried. Another Member hailed from Ujjain district and was buried there, while one belonged to Maharashtra, but since no one came to claim his body, police buried him in Bhopal where the encounter had taken place.
The body of eight Members, that of Mujib Shaikh, was taken to Ahmedabad by his relatives and latest reports suggest that a big crowd assembled there too for his funeral today.
Mujib was accused in Ahmedabad serial blasts and had earlier worked with underworld dons like Dawood and Latif. Incidentally the character of Latif will be played by Shah Rukh Khan in the upcoming movie Raees.
This apparent support for SIMI Members among common Muslims can be argued to be a result of the usual liberal narrative where every Member whether punished through lawful trial like Yakub or killed in a police encounter like these SIMI Members is painted as a person who has been wronged by the state and the society. Ironically, the same liberal narrative claims to work against identity politics, while reducing Muslims to just their identity.