New Delhi | Jagran News Desk:The last rites of former President Pranab Mukherjee was performed by his son Abhijit Mukherjee at Lodhi crematorium in the national capital on Monday. The Bharat Ratna awardee's body was led to rest with full military honours. The former President, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, passed away on Monday, weeks after his surgery for the removal of a clot in his brain. He was 84

In view of the ongoing restrictions due to coronavirus, the mortal remains of Pranab Mukherjee arrived at the crematorium in a hearse van instead of the gun carriage. "Due to the requirement of following social distancing norms and other Covid-19 related protocols, the mortal remains of the former President were taken in a hearse van instead of the normal gun carriage," Defence Ministry officials said.

 

 

Earlier today, Pranab Mukherjee's body was taken to his official home in Delhi, 10 Rajaji Marg, for people to pay their last respects. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited his residence to pay their last tribute to the late leader. The government as well as several states have announced seven-day state mourning from August 31 to September 6.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha