Kalaignar Karunanidhi buried next to mentor Annadurai at Marina Beach

Veteran Tamil Nadu politician and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was buried with state honours near the Anna Memorial on Marina beach in Chennai in the presence of a host of leaders and a sea of supporters.

The body of the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu was lowered into a grave beside that of his mentor Annadurai, the founder of DMK.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka’s H D Kumaraswamy, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Telangana’s K Chandrasekhar Rao, actor-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat, former CMs of Kerala and Uttar Pradesh Oommen Chandy and Akhilesh Yadav were among leaders who had paid homage to the departed leader.

Modi laid a wreath at Karunanidhi’s feet at Rajaji Hall and bowed before his mortal remains. He later consoled the bereaved family.

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Earlier, a procession was taken out with Karunanidhi’s body from Rajaji Hall to the Marina. Lakhs of people had gathered to pay their respects to the leader, as police found it difficult to manage the crowd, and had to resort to baton-charging to maintain order.

The Madras high court on Wednesday allowed Karunanidhi to be buried at the beach after Tamil Nadu government had on Tuesday refused to allot space for his burial at the beach, the resting place of many political icons.

The 94-year-old chief of DMK died in a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday owing to age-related ailments.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 19:07 IST

Updated: August 8, 2018 — 7:43 pm