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Mumbai, Jan 1: Amidst sporadic protests denouncing the execution of Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Muslims in Mumbai offered prayers for the departed leader. 
Dozens of Muslims collected outside a mosque to offer prayers for Saddam.

"We have offered special ('Namaz-e-janaza') prayers for Saddam. Islam allows that even if the deceased is far away, one can offer prayers for them. We have offered prayers for Saddam and we all are together to pray to God that he gets a place in 'Jannat'," said Ibrahim Tai, President of the Muslim Council Trust.

They also took out a protest march against US President George W Bush accusing him of 'killing' Saddam.

Saddam Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday.

Thousands of people, mostly Muslims and Communists took to streets across the country against the execution, accusing Bush of murdering him.

Most protestors have been demanding that New Delhi strongly condemn America for the 'unfair' execution.

The protests came as New Delhi, which had friendly relations with Saddam's Iraq, said it was disappointed he was executed but hoped it would not hurt the process of reconciliation and restoration of peace in that country.


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