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Bangarappa cremated with State honours

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A large number of followers gathered for S. Bangarappa's cremation in Sorab in Shimoga districton Tuesday.— PHOTO: Vaidya
A large number of followers gathered for S. Bangarappa's cremation in Sorab in Shimoga districton Tuesday.— PHOTO: Vaidya

The former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa was cremated with State honours in Sorab town on Tuesday.

The cremation was attended by prominent politicians and a large number of his followers.

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who was accompanied by Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, paid respects to Bangarappa on behalf of the State Government.

Speaking to media persons, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that State Government will construct a memorial in Sorab town to commemorate Bangarappa. A decision on the place and the design of the memorial will be taken after consulting Bangrappa's family members, he said.

The former Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and B.S. Yeddyurappa, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, president of Bharatiya Janata Party State unit K.S. Eshwarappa, the former Union Minister B. Janardhan Poojary attended.

A police band played the National Anthem, and three rounds were fired in the air.

The family members of Bangarappa, Shakuntala Bangarappa, Kumar Bangarappa, Madhu Bangarappa, Sujatha, Geetha, Anitha, Shivaraj Kumar were present.

The body arrived in Kubatur from Bangalore in the early hours of Tuesday. It was taken out in a procession, in which his followers took part, from Kubatur village to Sorab town. The body was kept at the Government PU College Ground in Sorab town for public viewing in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a bandh was observed in Sagar, Sorab, Shikaripur, Ripponpet, Anandapuram, Anavatti and other places in the district to mourn the death. Autorickshaws remained off the road in Shimoga city.

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