India bids adieu to former President A P J Abdul Kalam

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New Delhi, July 30, 2015

Kalam's body laid to rest in Rameswaram
The nation bid an emotional farewell to former President A P J Abdul as his body was laid to rest with full state honours at Rameswaram, his hometown, in Tamil Nadu today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, several other leaders, and thousands of people from various walks of life were present to pay their last respects to the former President who had played key roles in India's guided missile programme and the country's 1998 nuclear test.
Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Ministers Oommen Chandy of Kerala, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Siddaramaiah of Karnataka, Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar and M Venkaiah Naidu and Tamil Nadu Ministers O. Panneerselvam, and Natham R. Viswanathan were among those present on the occasion.
Mr Kalam, 83, had died in Shillong on Monday evening after collapsing while delivering a lecture to students and faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) there.
His body was taken to his residence in Delhi on Tuesday and flown to Rameswaram yesterday. The body lay in state there till 7 pm yesterday to enable members of the public to pay homage to him.
This morning, Mr Kalam's body, draped in the tricolour, was brought to the burial site at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram in a flower-bedecked gun carriage, escorted by columns of the three services.
Thousands of people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the man they loved and looked upto, and several of them broke into tears.
A 21-gun salute was accorded to the former Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and a military band played the 'Last Post'.
Mr Modi was among those who placed wreaths on the casket containing Mr Kalam's body before it was lowered into the earth.
The Prime Minister also met Mr Kalam's eldest brother, the 99-year old Mohammed Muthu Meeran Lebbai Maraikayar, and offered his condolences to him and the rest of the family.

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