NEW DELHI: The funeral of late former President A P J Abdul Kalam will be held in Rameswaram, his birth place in Tamil Nadu, on July 30 with full military honours.
Home Ministry sources said Kalam would be given a state funeral and the last rites would be held at 11 AM on Thursday.
Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the three service chiefs paid homage to the former president at Palam airport at about 12.44 pm on Tuesday.
The mortal remains of the late former President were brought to New Delhi in a special Indian Air Force aircraft at about 12.15 on Tuesday. At about 12.20 the rotors of the Indian Air Force C-130J stopped at the Palam technical area and his body, wrapped in tri colour was brought out by army, navy and Air Force men dressed in ceremonials.
The first one to lay wreath was Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi followed by the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh too laid wreath at the Palam technical area and offered his condolences to the former supreme commander of the Armed Forces.
Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too paid his tribute to the former president at about 12.38 pm followed by Lt governor Najeeb Jung. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar laid wreath followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose cavalcade arrived at about 12.42. Vice President Hamid Ansari and President Pranab Mukherjee laid a wreath at the venue and formally received the mortal remains of his predecessor on the backdrop of a ceremonial guard of honour.
Kalam’s body was later taken to 10 Rajaji marg, his official residence in an Army vehicle. Defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted that Kalam’s mortal remains would be kept open to public at his residence 4 pm onwards.
“@SpokespersonMoD: The last rites of the late president #APJAbdulKalam will be held at his native place #Rameswaram, #TamilNadu,” he tweeted.