Frenzied Fans: 2 dead, 33 injured in a stampede at Karunanidhi funeral


New Delhi, August 8, News24 Bureau: Preparations are underway for a state funeral of M Karunanidhi at Marina beach in Chennai, as all leading luminaries of the political world are present, reports are coming that two people have died and 33 injured in the scuffle and stampede outside Rajaji Hall in Chennai.

The heir apparent of DMK Stalin had pleaded the supporters to maintain restrain but at the same time had questioned the state government why the security had been reduced drastically.The funeral procession of DMK patriarch  Karunanidhi will start at 5 pm today and he will be laid to rest at Marina beach near the Annadurai memorial, said sources. A party statement said the procession would begin from Rajaji Hall, where his mortal remains are kept for public homage, by 4 pm, and proceed through Sivananda Road and Thanthai Periyar Road to reach Anna Square.Karunanidhi will be buried adjacent to the mausoleum of former Chief Minister who also happened to be his mentor, C N Annadurai, on the sands of Marina."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".In the mean time preparations were on in full swing at Marina beach for the burial of the departed DMK patriarch.