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Pranab Mukherjee's Last Rites Performed By Son Abhijit Mukherjee

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chiefs of three defence services were among the dignitaries who paid their last respects to former president Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday morning.

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Pranab Mukherjee's Last Rites Performed By Son Abhijit Mukherjee
Mortal remains of former President Pranab Mukherjee being taken to Lodhi Crematorium for last rites
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Pranab Mukherjee's Last Rites Performed By Son Abhijit Mukherjee
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2020-09-01T14:01:56+05:30

Last rites of former President Pranab Mukherjee were performed by his son Abhijit Mukherjee at Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi. Mukherjee's funeral took place with full military honours. 

Mukherjee passed away at Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi Cantt on Monday. He was 84. 

The mortal remains of India's 13th president, who died on Monday after a three-week battle with multiple ailments, were taken to his residence from the Army's Research and Referral hospital in a flower bedecked white vehicle.

As per guidelines issued for last rites of former President Pranab Mukherjee, official dignitaries paid homage from 9:15 am to 10:15 am, other dignitaries  visited after 10:15 am to 11 am and an hour's time was kept for general public from 11 am to 12 noon.

Later, his mortal remains were taken to Lodi Road crematorium for last rites.

Seven-day state mourning is being observed across India from 31 August to 6 September.

Mukherjee was being treated for brain clot and also diagnosed with Covid-19.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the former President at his residence.

At Mukherjee's residence, several other leaders paid their last respects. Among those who visited the former President's residence to pay last respects included Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat. 

The long-time Congress leader and seven-time parliamentarian had tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of his admission and was being treated for a lung infection. He had suffered a septic shock on Sunday due to it. Doctors said he died of a cardiac arrest at 4.30 pm.

His son Abhijit Mukherjee was the first to break the news of the death of the veteran politician.

A seven-time parliamentarian and recipient of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, he was one of the most admired and respected political figures. 

(With PTI Inputs)


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