NEW DELHI: The body of the former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who left for his heavenly abode on Monday evening in Shillong was carried to the national capital via speical aircraft as senior leaders and a host of officials joined in paying tribute to the country’s ‘missile man’.
Last respects were to the late scientist who was also a great and an inspiration leader at the runway of the Lokapriya Gopinath Borodoloi International Airport after his body was brought to Guwahati from Shillong by an Air Force helicopter at around 6:15 am.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmughanathan travelled alongside as the body was ferried to Guwahati and later paid floral tributes to the Bharat Ratna.
As the remains reach Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the Palam Airport to receive them.
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Here are the live updates of the ceremony:
•Several political leaders pay homage to Dr Kalam.
•Late former President’s mortal remains placed at 10 Rajaji Marg.
•Mortal remains of Dr. Kalam taken inside his residence in Delhi where people can give their last respects.
•Dr Kalam’s casket arrives at his residence, 10 Rajaji Marg in Delhi.
•Samajwadi Part chief Mulayam SIngh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav are among the leaders who have arrived at Kalam’s residence.
•Several top leadersstarts arriving at the Delhi residence of Dr. Kalam where his body will be kept for people to pay their last respects.
•Following the wishes of the family members, the last rites of the former President are likely to be held in his native town Rameswaram.
•School students’ wait on the streets as late former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s casket passes by to his residence.
•I received 2-3 poems which he wrote. He used to quietly write when we went to pay respects to soldiers. He had a mighty mind, President Mukherjee said.
•Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to the late leader.
•Rajnath Singh and LK Advani pay last respects to late Dr. Kalam
•Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Dr. Kalam
•Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi pay tribute to Kalam.
•Key leaders pay homage to the late scientist.
•Abdul Kalam’s body taken to his Delhi residence, funeral in Rameswaram on Thursday
•Remains of APJ Abdul Kalam being taken to his residence
•His body will be kept at his residence from 3 pm and will be open for public to pay their last respects.
•Dr Kalam’s mortal remains moved to a gun carriage which will be driven to his residence in Delhi, 10 Rajaji marg. Maohar Parrikar escorts PM Modi as he leaves the airport.
•President Pranab Mukherjee leaves from Palam Airport after paying tribute to late Dr. Kalam.
•PM Modi, President Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari pay tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam.
•93-year-old Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh who is wheelchair bound, laid a wreath at the foot of APJ Abdul Kalam.
•Manohar Parrikar, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia pay last respects to APJ Abdul Kalam.
•Ceremonial send off for APJ Abdul Kalam begins in Delhi Palam airport.
•As people are ready to pay tributes to Dr. Kalam, Rajaji Marg top trends on Twitter.
•Guard of Honour ready for APJ Abdul Kalam
•Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying mortal remains of Abdul Kalam reaches Delhi
•Defence Minister Parrikar, top cop BS Bassi arrive in Palam
•Parliamentarians to attend Kalam’s funeral.
•Public can pay homage to Dr. Kalam at 4PM at 10 Rajaji Marg.
•PM Modi other ministers to arrive at the Palam Airport.
•Three service chiefs reach Palam airport.
•He will remain in our memories forever, says Rahul Gandhi on Abdul Kalam.
•Parliament pays tribute to Dr. Kalam.
•After the public pays homage to Kalam, his mortal remains will be sent to Rameswaram, he said.
•Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy explained that leaders like Amit Shah and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will take responsibility to make sure that the funeral of APJ Abdul Kalam is carried out according to protocol.