Thousands of people bid an emotional farewell to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who was laid to rest with full state honours in his home town here amid chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. Kalam’s body was buried in the middle of a 1.5 acre piece of land at Peikarumbu. He was accorded full military honours, including a gun salute and the Last Post as his family lowered his mortal remains into a trench as slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” rent the air.
The funeral was also attended many leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who placed a wreath, offered his final salute and stood in silence in front of the body draped in the national flag. The three services chief also paid their last respects to their former Supreme Commander. Earlier, a large number of teary-eyed mourners swarmed the carriage carrying his mortal remains and moved with it on the last journey of the 83-year old scientist.
Condolences poured in from all over India and the rest of the world, paying respects to the affable man who endeared himself to the masses with his simplicity. The country’s first bachelor President, Kalam had received several prestigious awards including the Bharat Ratna, and played a crucial role when India’s missile development programme and nuclear bomb development in 1998 when the Vajpayee government was in power.