Chennai: At least two people were killed and 33 injured after a stampede broke out at Rajaji Hall in Chennai where the mortal remains of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi were kept till 4 pm on Wednesday for the public to pay last respects.
Several people were injured in the stampede that happened when the police were allowing them to enter the hall in batches.
A scuffle broke out between the Tamil Nadu police and Karunanidhi supporters who thronged to Rajaji Hall in thousands for a glimpse of the late leader whose body was kept in a glass casket.
Following the stampede, DMK working president M K Stalin urged party cadres to maintain calm.
Stalin said, "I do not want anything for myself. All I want is a fitting tribute to Kalaignar."
"Those who are in power are trying to create chaos, but you have all shown the strength of the cadres. I appeal to everyone to maintain peace," he added.
DMK supremo and five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi died at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Tuesday following a prolonged illness. He was 94.
The last journey of Karunanidhi from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach began at 4 pm today....