The body of the peoples’ president, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam Airport in Delhi. His body will be kept at his official residence in New Delhi. The casket containing the mortal remains will be taken from the airport to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in a gun carriage, where people can pay homage to the People’s President for two hours. Public can pay homage to the former President from 4 pm onwards at his residence.
Earlier in the morning in Guwahati, Several leaders including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and senior IAF officials joined in paying tribute to India’s ‘Missile Man’ whose departure has plunged the nation into overwhelming grief. Wrapped in tricolour, the casket carrying his body was taken inside the aircraft as mournful hymns played.
Dr Kalam, 83, died on Monday in Shillong, Meghalaya, after a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, shillong last evening. After he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany Hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM, he was confirmed dead after two hour.