SPB’s final journey begins, last rites at farm house tomorrow

Chennai, Sep 25 (UNI) Tens and hundreds of people of this

teeming megapolis bade a tearful farewell, as the mortal

remains of legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who

died this afternoon, was taken to his farm house at

Tamaraipakkam near Redhills on the outskirts of the city,

for last rites tomorrow.

Earlier, soon after his death, the embalmed body of SPB, as

he was affectionately called, was brought to his Nungambakkam

residence from the hospital, where leaders of various parties,

including Tamil Nadu Minister and DMK Youth Wing Secretary

and DMK President M K Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi, and members

of the film fraternity and people from various walks of life paid

their last respects.

A steady stream of mourners, braving slight rain, filed past the

body of SPB and paid their homage.

As his body was brought to his residence from the hospital

at 1600 hrs, a large number of people thronged his residence

to pay their homage, ignoring the social distancing norms, in

view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soon police restored order and tens and hundreds of people

queued up to a distance of nearly two km by following the

social distancing norms and paid their respects.

Earlier, it was said that SPB’s body would be taken to his

farm house tomorrow morning. But, due to unprecedented

crowd, which kept swelling with every passing minute, and

following a request made by the police citing the COVID-19

lockdown norms, it has been decided to take it to

Tamaraipakkam tonight itself.

After about little over three hours during which public paid

their homage at his residence, the final journey of SPB

commenced at around 1930 hrs and it would take around

one hour to reach his farm house.

Sources said public would not be allowed to pay their homage

at the farm house and only close family members would be

present at the last rites tomorrow morning.


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