New Delhi, July 28: Dr. Avul Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who was lovingly called the 'people's president' and 'missile man' passed away last night after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM in Shillong.
The Air Force flight carrying the mortal remains of former president arrived at the Palam Airport in New Delhi, wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari along with other dignities paid their last tribute.
The mortal remains of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is being brought by a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of IAF from Guwahati to Delhi and taken from to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in a gun carriage, where people can pay homage to the People's President for two hours. Last rites for Dr. Kalam will be performed in his home town Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. The former President's body will be flown to Rameswaram early this evening.
The casket containing the mortal remains of #APJAbdulKalam will be taken from Palam to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in a gun carriage.— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) July 28, 2015
Nation mourns the death of an inspirational mind, a great President & a brilliant scientist. Irreplaceable loss to the country. RIP Dr Kalam— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) July 28, 2015
Such humility..Quest for knowledge..Commitment for development.Deep Respect for you sir. Help God make heaven better https://t.co/U9wyfSm5mB— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 28, 2015
While the three service chiefs are already there, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Delhi police chief BS Bassi arrived at the Palam airport. The time for the general public to pay homage to APJ Abdul Kalam has been shifted to 4 pm for the earlier 3 pm. People can pay homage to the former president at his home at 10 Rajaji Marg in Delhi.
The 94-year-old Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is wheelchair bound, laid a wreath at the foot of APJ Abdul Kalam, followed by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.