Karunanidhi’s final journey: 2 senior citizens killed, 41 hurt in stampede

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Chennai: A 60-year-old man and woman were killed and at least 41 were injured during a stampede outside despite on Tuesday before the funeral procession of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi.

According to media reports, one elderly man and a woman aged 60 have succumbed to injuries while other injured persons including police personnel have been admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi government hospital in Chennai.

The stampede erupted after the police used batons to control the mass of supporters.

Amid the anxious moments, DMK working president M K Stalin appealed for calm and requested the cadres to peacefully disperse after paying homage.

Reportedly, the funeral procession of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi is slowly moving towards the Marina Beach as it gets difficult for the cavalcade to maneuver around the sea of people that have gathered at Rajaji Hall, Anna Memorial and all along the road leading to the Marina Beach.

A total of 27 rounds will be fired in the air as tributes to the Dravidian politics stalwart, Karunanidhi. The Tricolor draped around Karunanidhi will be removed and handed over to his family as a mark of honour.

After the final rites, Karunanidhi will be laid to rest beside his mentor and DMK founder Annadurai at the Marina Beach.

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