Kalam’s body taken to home town Rameswaram; PM to attend funeral

Written by | July 29, 2015 | 0

New Delhi: Mortal remains of former President A P J Abdul Kalam were today flown to his hometown Rameswaram from here in a special aircraft, as people in the national capital bid an emotional adieu to the country’s ‘missile man’.

The special aircraft took off from the Palam airport at around 08:15 AM after all three forces gave a sendoff to the former head of the state.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain were present at the airport.

The aircraft will fly to Madurai, from where the mortal remains will be flown in to Rameswaram by an IAF helicopter.

The funeral will be held in Rameswaram at 11 am tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend, said union minister M Venkaiah Naidu who was among three senior BJP leaders to have  accompanied Dr Kalam’s body.

Wrapped in a tri-colour, Kalam’s body was taken to the airport in a gun carriage from his 10 Rajaji Marg residence here at 7 AM, as officials and commoners bid farewell to the man, whose life inspired countless Indians.

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