Former Tamil Nadu chief minister was laid to rest with full state honours on Tuesday at Marina Beach in Chennai. She was buried next to her mentor Dr MGR. Her body was taken to the burial site in a glass casket, with lakhs of followers gathering along the route to pay their final respects. The last rites were conducted by her close aide Sasikala. The Government of India has announced a day of mourning for the revered leader. Prayers also poured in from across the political spectrum as they condoled her demise. Right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Pranab Mukherjee and leaders from different political parties paid their condolences.
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Jayalalithaa was in her favourite green coloured saree when she was buried. When her body was taken from her Poes Garden residence early this morning to Rajaji Hall, it was draped in her trademark green saree, though with a red border. It was green all the way. When she was sworn in as chief minister for a sixth time after emerging triumphant in the May 16 assembly polls, she was wearing a green saree.
Meanwhile, chaotic scenes prevailed at Rajaji Hall today where AIADMK supremo’s body was kept for people to pay their last respect. Party men and public broke police cordons to have last glimpse of their beloved leader, throwing security arrangements out of gear. Police had a tough time controlling the crowd as they pushed down barricades towards the spot where the body was kept. The police personnel did their best to hold on to iron barricades in place for several hours. But after a point, they couldn”t control the situation which led to the collapse of barricades.
Similarly, hundreds of AIADMK workers and anxious people pulled down a rope held by police personnel to prevent their entry into the VVIP entrance at the rear side. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the venue, hundreds began to march towards the fleet of stairs to the VVIP entrance.
A big chunk of people managed to come in there and headed straight to the spot where Jayalalithaa’s body was kept. At one point the crowd began to swell, prompting VVIPs including some ministers to make room to ease the situation.
(With PTI inputs)