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Indians pay final respects to Pranab Mukherjee at state funeral

  • Published at 02:56 pm September 1st, 2020
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India's President Ram Nath Kovind pays his respects to late former India's president Pranab Mukherjee at his residence, in New Delhi on September 1, 2020 AFP

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his residence and paid their last respects

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee's funeral took place on Tuesday with full military honours. 

Mukherjee, 84, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery, reports NDTV.

The Indian government and many states have announced seven-day official mourning. Mukherjee's body was taken to his official home in Delhi for people to pay their last respects.Military policemen escort an ambulance carrying the body of late former India's President Pranab Mukherjee ahead of his funeral, in New Delhi on September 1, 2020 /AFPIndian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his residence and paid their last respects.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the chiefs of the three services also paid homage to the former president.

The Defence Ministry, in a statement last evening, gave details of wreath laying by dignitaries, politicians and others.

Because of Covid-19 protocol, the body of the former president was taken for last rites in a hearse van instead of the gun carriage. The funeral is taking place at the Lodi Road crematorium.

In a statement, the home ministry said as a mark of respect, there would be state mourning throughout India from August 31 to September 6.

"During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly, and there will be no official entertainment," the statement said.People pray in front of a painting of India's former president Pranab Mukherjee, who died on Monday after a lung infection, in Kolkata, September 1, 2020 /ReutersThe veteran, widely respected across the spectrum and described as the elder statesman of Indian politics, served as foreign and finance minister in several governments.

On Monday, Modi posted a photo of him touching Pranab Mukherjee's feet in reverence. "He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation," Modi said in a series of tweets.

"A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society," he wrote.

India's 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, in August last year.