RIP Kalaignar: 2 Killed In Stampede Outside Rajaji Hall


Chennai: Two people were killed and several injured in a stampede outside Rajaji Hall where thousands of DMK supporters had gathered to get a glimpse of M Karunanidhi. The police resorted to lathicharge after failing to control the crowd. Minor scuffles broke out between police personnel and supporters who thronged Rajaji Hall to pay their last respects.

DMK working president M K Stalin appealed to the crowd to maintain peace and allow the funeral procession to go ahead without any untoward incident. “I am requesting every one of you to keep calm during the final procession. Only if you all are with us, the final procession will happen in time,” he said.

He also requested the crowd to disperse peacefully. “I am asking you, as your brother, to disperse,” he added.The funeral procession will begin at 4 pm. Karunanidhi’s mortal remains will be carried from Rajaji Hall to his final resting place at Marina Beach. The veteran politician will be buried near Anna Samadh the memorial of his mentor C N Annadurai.

The funeral procession of Karunanidhi will start at 4 p.m and he will be laid to rest at the Marina beach near the Anna memorial in Chennai, the party said. According to a party statement, the procession would begin from Rajaji Hall, where his mortal remains are kept for public homage, by 4 p.m, 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’.