New Delhi: The last rites of the 11th President APJ Abdul Kalam will likely be held at his native town, Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Sitanshu Kar, Defence Ministry spokesperson, confirmed the development on Twitter. The family members of the late leader wants his last rites to be performed in his native hometown where he spent his childhood.APJMK Sheik Saleem, the former president’s grandson, told a National News Media that relatives, friends, well wishers and common people have gathered at his residence in Rameswaram to pay their last respects. Saleem is the son of Kalam’s brother APJM Maraikayar.
Born on October 15, 1931, Kalam, who occupied Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2002-07 as India’s 11 president, breathed his last at 7.45 pm at the Bethany Hospital where he was rushed to from the IIM where he was delivering a lecture on “liveable planet”.