Muslim Council: Don't Bury Mumbai Terrorists in Indian Cemeteries

The Muslim Council of India is telling the nation's cemeteries that the bodies of gunmen killed by commandos in the Mumbai terror siege should not be buried on Indian soil, The Times of India reported Monday.

The religious organization told The Times that they were acting on complaints from several Muslim groups demanding that the bodies not be laid to rest in any Indian cemetery.

According to Leor Halevi, professor of history at Vanderbilt University and author of "Muhammad’s Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society," the council is sending a message to the terrorists by calling for Muslim cemeteries to refuse to bury the bodies.

"It's a very strong statement against terrorism," Halevi said. "What they are saying essentially is that by virtue of the terrorists acts, the terrorists who died do not count as Muslim anymore."