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2 dead in stampede near Rajaji Hall where late Karunanidhi lay in state

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : CHARUL SINGH
Published Aug 8, 2018, 2:40 pm IST
Updated Aug 8, 2018, 4:30 pm IST
MK Stalin said, 'Those who are in power are trying to create chaos, but you have all shown the strength of the cadres.'
Several people have suffered injuries in the stampede that happened when the police were allowing them to enter the Rajaji Hall in batches. (Photo: AP)
 Several people have suffered injuries in the stampede that happened when the police were allowing them to enter the Rajaji Hall in batches. (Photo: AP)

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.

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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.

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