Thousands of mourners bid an emotional farewell to budding cricketer Mohammad Ayazuddin on Friday, after he succumbed to injuries sustained in a high-speed road accident involving a 1000 CC Suzuki mobike on Sunday last.
The budding 19-year-old cricketer and son of Congress MP and former Indian cricket skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, breathed his last around 11 a.m. on Friday. His health condition had been extremely critical as he sustained multiple factures and serious injuries on kidneys, lungs, and brain.
A team of specialists who treated him removed a kidney after they failed to control bleeding in it. On Thursday, they had detected a brain dysfunction after some tests and termed his condition gravely critical.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, MPs Asaduddin Owaisi and Anjan Kumar Yadav were among a host of leaders who called on the grieving Mr. Azharuddin. The body of Ayazuddin was taken to Mecca Masjid for prayers before the funeral attended by more than 10,000 people. There was a stampede-like situation when people were allowed to have a last glimpse of Ayazuddin. A metal grill on which people climbed collapsed injuring two people.
The crowds swelled by the minute and Mr. Owaisi had to walk in front of the van carrying the body to help police clear the mourners. The funeral took place in a graveyard at Saidabad.
Mr. Azharuddin could be seen fighting tears though he maintained his composure whenever someone expressed condolences. Ayazuddin was his younger son from his separated wife.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said he was shocked and grieved by the death of Ayazuddin and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Minority Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmadullah, Tourism Minister V. Vasant Kumar, and others too sent condolence messages.