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Indian army and air force officers carry the body of J. Jayalalithaa in a glass casket during her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: AP
Indian army and air force officers carry the body of J. Jayalalithaa in a glass casket during her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Jayalalithaa’s funeral: Key highlights

J. Jayalalithaa was laid to rest in a funeral that was attended by top political leaders even as hundreds of thousands mourned her demise. Here are the key highlights

Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa died on 5 December after suffering from a cardiac arrest. The former chief minister was buried with full state honours as hundreds of thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of her funeral procession.

Here are the key highlights of Jayalalithaa’s funeral

- Jayalalithaa , or Amma as she was fondly known, was laid to rest at Chennai’s Marina beach, next to the memorial of her mentor M.G. Ramachandran (MGR).

- Jayalalithaa’s last rites were performed by her close aide, Sasikala.

- Over two tonnes of flowers from several destinations were used by about 40 workers who worked for 10 hours to prepare the Army truck and gun carriage for the final journey

- When Amma’s body was taken from her Poes Garden residence early onTuesday morning to Rajaji Hall, it was draped in her trademark green saree. According to some AIADMK workers, green is Jayalalithaa’s lucky and favourite colour

- Chaotic scenes and near-stampede situation prevailed many times at Rajaji Hall on Tuesday where the AIADMK leader’s body was kept for people to pay their last respects. Partymen and the public broke police cordons to have last glimpse of their beloved leader, throwing security arrangements out of gear.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday afternoon, flying to Rajaji Hall in a chopper from the Chennai airport.

- The former chief minister’s body, draped in the national flag in a glass casket, was placed on a platform at a public hall for viewing through the day.

- Offices of major IT companies remained closed in Chennai on Tuesday as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa.

- All government offices, courts and educational institutions were shut on Tuesday in Kerala where a three-day mourning has been declared as a mark of respect to the late Tamil Nadu chief minister.

- The Karnataka government on Tuesday declared a day of state mourning

- The Puducherry government on Tuesday announced three-day state mourning from today

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