Mangaluru, Sept 24: Thousands of Muslims thronged the house of Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal at Montepadavu on the outskirts of the city to catch a final glimpse of their spiritual guru.
Bekal Ustad, who was the Qadhi of Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Shivamogga amalgam Jama’at breathed his last earlier today at a private hospital in Mangaluru after months of illness.
His mortal remains were kept at Montepadavu for public viewing. In spite of fear of covid-19, thousands of people from different parts of coastal Karnataka reached the remote village within hours.
Leaders from various political parties, social and religious organisations were also among those who paid their last respect to the departed soul. A pall of gloom has descended on Muslim colonies across coastal Karnataka.
There were hundreds of volunteers in Montepadavu to prevent chaos among mourners. Police have also tightened the security arrangements.