Former premier Gujral cremated with state honours

December 02, 2012 - 1:10:05 am

New Delhi: Former prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral was yesterday cremated here with full state honours in the presence of the country’s top leadership, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Gujral’s body, draped in the national tricolour, was brought to Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna from his 5 Janpath residence in a flower bedecked gun-carriage accompanied by military personnel and close family. Officers from the three armed forces carried the mortal remains of Gujral on their shoulders to the cremation ground as he was accorded a state 

funeral. Besides the president and the prime minister, Vice President Hamid Ansari, and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also present. Amid prayers and a 21-gun salute, Gujral’s pyre was lit by his elder son, Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral. Gujral, 92, breathed his last at a private hospital in Gurgaon Friday afternoon. IANS