Tipu Descendant were accorded red carpet welcome

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Mysore, Oct 17 (UNI) A red carpet reception was accorded to Shahibzada Anwar Ali Shah, the sixth descendant of Tipu Sultan, who ruled Mysore kingdom at Gnajam near Srirangpatana, in Mandya district, today.

It was a touching reunion for him with the soil ruled by his ancestors over two centuries ago.

Admirers of Tipu Sultan, local residents, tourists, political leaders and office bearers of Karnataka State Wakf Board welcomed him at the Gumbad, at Ganjam where the tombs of his ancestors are located.

Mr Shah is in Karnataka in connection with the mass marriage ceremony of poor muslims being organised by Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramalu in Bellary tomorrow.

Shah was accompanied by Mr Aqiauque Azam, Trustee, Prince Ghulam, Mohammed Wakf Estate, Kolkata (Prince Ghulam Mohd was the youngest son of Tipu) and Khalid Ahmed, Chairman Karnataka State Wakf Board.

After death of Tipu Sultan, the British brought his children to Kolkata fearing revolt in Srirangapatana and made arraignments for their stay there.

Mr Shah was the centre of attraction. Tourists mobbed him out of curiosity as he arrived and jostled with each other to have a glimpses of him. Later he interacted with the people.

He later offered prayers at the mosque in the premises of the gumbad and paid respects to the tombs of Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and other ancestors.

Mr Shah was the son of Hyder Ali Shah and lives in Kolkata with his mother and sister. He went round the entire historic town with others.

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