2 dead in stampede at Karunanidhi funeral

At least two people died and 40 others were injured in a stampede at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall, where the late Karunanidhi’s body has been kept for people to pay homage.

The chaos at the location, where a sea of humanity has turned up to say goodbye to Kalaignar, as Karunanidhi was popularly known in Tamil Nadu, also forced police to resort to lathicharge.

Karunanidhi, 94, died at a Chennai hospital on the evening of August 7. A towering leader of Tamil politics, he had largely stayed out of public life since 2016, when he underwent a surgery.

Clad in the tricolour and encased in a glass coffin, Karunanidhi’s body has been kept at Rajaji Hall where a host of dignitaries, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have paid or will pay their last respects.

The large crowds at Rajaji Hall led to chaotic scenes after people breached barricades, entered the VIP area and even tried jumping over walls. DMK leaders, including Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin, fervently appealed for peace. But ultimately, Karunanidhi’s body had to be moved inside, since the crowd just kept swelling.

The chaos led to a stampede as well and police resorted to lathicharge to bring the crowds under control. Two people died and 40 were injured in the stampede.



News credit : Indiatoday

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