Last rites with military honours

30NM_89aFormer President Abdul Kalam was given State funeral with full military honours at the open grounds at railway station in Rameshwaram on July 30. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Central minster Venkiah Naidu, Tamilnadu Governor K Rosiah, Karnataka Chief Minister  Siddaramiah, TN minister Paneer Selvam and Cognress vice president Rahul Gandhi were among the prominent personalities who paid their final homage to Kalam. Earlier, scores of people from all walks of life including the family members of the departed leader paid their respects to the great man of masses. They were in an ocean of sorrow. On either side of the road leading to the grounds crowds swelled right from the morning and people stood in reverence to pay their homage to their beloved leader. The air was filled with cries, tears and slogans of Vandemataram from thousands of people. Never in the history of modern India a Statesman received such a great flow of homage and tributes.

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