With the numb eyes and heavy heart, the nation prepares to bid goodbye to their most loved former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The body of the 83-year-old scientist who collapsed during his lecture at IIM Shillong and passed away on Monday, July 27 was flown to his 10 Rajaji Marg residence in Delhi with a special aircraft. But as per the wish of his family the last rites will take place in his native place Rameswaram on Thursday. The picture of his mortal remains has been shared by on Twitter and is going viral. The picture shows APJ Abdul Kalam’s body covered in the national flag. It is yet to be confirmed if this is actually the last photograph of the former President of India. Also Read: Selfie with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam body? Picture of this guy’s ill-timed act goes viral! Also Read - Man Builds Special Robot to Take Care of Disabled Dog in Lucknow
APJ Abdul Kalam who last tweeted about his visit to IIM Shillong and taking a lecture along with close aide Srijan Pal Singh suddenly took ill. He suffered from major cardiac arrest during his speech in the class and fell. He was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but could not recover to pass away the same Monday evening. Also Read: 8 tweets of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will make you miss him more! Also Read - Kerala Man, Who Was Seen Decorating Former President Abdul Kalam's Statue With Flowers, Murdered
Kalam’s body was then shifted to Delhi where high dignitaries and eminent personalities paid their last respects. President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Dr Kalam’s body at Palam airport in Delhi with a guard of honour by the three services being held at the airport. Later, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the string of political leaders paid tribute to the great personality at his residence. Also Read: APJ Abdul Kalam Quotes: Top 15 motivational & inspirational sayings by the former President! Also Read - UPSEE Counselling 2020: Revised Schedule For Round 2 Released At upsee.nic.in, Check Details Here
“A large number of relatives, friends, well wishers and common people have gathered at Kalam’s house at Rameswaram,” APJ M.K. Sheik Saleem, the former President’s grandson told IANS over phone. The former President is survived by his older brother Mohd Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker, who is 99. The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for the man known and loved across the country as the “People’s President”. One is expecting thousands of people to assemble for his last rites at Rameswaram. (inputs from agencies).