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    Published On : Wed, Aug 8th, 2018
    National News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    2 dead, 33 injured in stampede at Karunanidhi funeral

    Even as preparations are underway for a state funeral of M Karunanidhi at Marina beach in Chennai, reports coming that two people have died and 33 injured in the scuffle and stampede outside Rajaji Hall in Chennai.

    The funeral procession of Karunanidhi will start at 4 pm today and he will be laid to rest at Marina beach near the Annadurai memorial, the party said. A party statement said the procession would begin from Rajaji Hall, where his mortal remains are kept for public homage, by 4 pm, and proceed through Sivananda Road and Thanthai Periyar Road to reach Anna Square.

    He would be buried adjacent to mausoleum of former Chief Minister and his mentor C N Annadurai on the sands of Marina, it said.

    “Party supporters and public are requested to stay calm during the procession and pay their respects to the unparallelled leader,” it said. The golden casket in which the mortal remains of Karunanidhi would be laid to rest will have the engraving in Tamil, “Oivu edukamal uzhaithavan, idho oivu eduthu kondu irukiran, meaning “one who worked hard without taking rest, is resting in peace here”.

    Meanwhile, preparations were on in full swing at Marina beach for the burial of the departed DMK patriarch.

    DMK cadre breach security :

    A DMK supporter breaches security and climbs into the balcony at Rajaji Hall. Calm has been restored now, but it’s still pretty much push-and-shove for even the VVIPs arriving to pay their respects to Karunanidhi.

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