Karunanidhi laid to rest with state honour, buried next to mentor Annadurai

Chennai: M Karunanidhi was given a state funeral and buried behind Anna Samadhi — the memorial of C N Annadurai at Chennai’s Marina Beach on Wednesday, in the presence of the country’s top politicians.

Casket of the towering figure in Tamil Nadu politics was followed by a massive crowd from Rajaji Hall, where leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid tribute to him earlier in the day.

Two people were killed and at least 41 were injured in the rush for a final glimpse of “Kalaignar”, as the police used batons to control the surging crowds.

The Madras High Court allowed Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach following an overnight drama of the ruling AIADMK that refused to give the five-time chief minister space at the beachfront.

The five-time Chief Minister, who was undergoing treatment since July 28 passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

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