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Deccan Herald » National » Detailed Story
KRN cremated with full state honours
DH News Service New Delhi:
The mortal remains of former President Kocheril Raman Narayanan were cremated on Thursday evening with full state honours in the presence of a galaxy of leaders, including President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Narayanan died on Wednesday at the age of 85 after a brief spell of illness. Amid chanting of prayers of all religions and a 21-gun salute, the mortal remains of Narayanan were consigned to the flames.

The last rites were performed by Dr S Ramachandran, his nephew, at a spot between ‘Shanti Van’, the memorial of Jawaharlal Nehru, and ‘Vijay Ghat’, that of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Also present at the cremation were Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, former prime ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee, I K Gujral and V P Singh and the three Service Chiefs.

Earlier the former President’s body was draped in the national tricolour and brought to the cremation ground in a flower bedecked gun-carriage. Officers from the armed forces carried on their shoulders the mortal remains of their former Supreme Commander on his last journey.

Narayanan’s daughters Chitra and Amrita were seated besides Ms Gandhi and Mr Kalam.

Earlier, leaders, diplomats and admirers offered tributes to the departed leader at Kapurthala House, where Mr Narayanan’s body lay in state.

Representatives of all religions offered prayers for the peace of the departed soul.

Special prayers

Meanwhile, special prayers were held at the native village of the former President in Uzhavoor near Kottayam and at adjacent Shantigiri Ashram on Thursday, PTI adds.

People from all walks of life participated in the prayers. All shops and business establishments in the area remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soul and people took out a silent march to the former President’s ancestral home.

Narayanan’s younger brother K R Bhaskaran and elder sister K R Gouri are not participating in the cremation ceremony in New Delhi due to illness and old age.

The former President’s ashes will be brought to Uzhavoor after the cremation, family sources said.
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