India funeral: Deadly stampede amongst Karunanidhi mourners

Supporters hold the portrait of M Karunanidhi during his funeral in Chennai on 8 August 2018. Symbol copyright Reuters Image caption Karunanidhi loved god-like status among his supporters

Two folks have died in a stampede at the funeral procession of veteran Indian baby-kisser Muthuvel Karunanidhi, in the southern city of Chennai.

as well as, 41 people have been taken to sanatorium with injuries, officers told BBC Tamil.

Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday aged 94, had served 5 occasions as leader minister of Tamil Nadu, the state of which Chennai is capital.

Police struggled to control heaps of mourners on Wednesday.

The stampede befell whilst crowds attempted to surge prior police on the front to the building where Karunanidhi lay in state.

Image copyright Reuters Symbol caption The stampede passed off at the entrance to the building the place Karunanidhi lay in state

Karunanidhi helped found the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party in 1949 and persisted to guide it till his loss of life.

Starting in 1957, he contested and won 13 elections in Tamil Nadu. He used to be a prolific author and a fiery speaker identified for his wit and oratory, and enjoyed god-like status among his supporters.

From dropout to chief minister

Served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu 5 occasions between 1969 and 2011 Born on 3 June 1924 in a village in Thiruvarur district a faculty dropout, he made a name as a screenwriter in Tamil films A founding member of the DMK when the birthday party was formed in 1949 Contested Tamil Nadu state meeting elections for the first time in 1957 Contested 13 assembly elections in general and gained a seat in all of them But Even So movie scripts, wrote stories, performs and poems Popularly called Kalaingar, the Tamil word for artist, for his contribution to cinema and literature

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