Staff Correspondent

BIJAPUR: The body of former Minister Mahiboob Patel L. Ustad, who died yesterday, was laid to rest with State honour here on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin offered floral tribute on behalf of the State Government. A large number of people including his followers and members of the community joined the funeral procession that went on for about four hours. The procession that began from his house in KHB Colony at 10.30 a.m., passed through the main streets of the city. The procession reached the family farm at Buthnal at 2 p.m., where the body was buried. Traffic was disturbed for a few hours. Political activists mourned the death of the former Minister. Legislators Shivanand Patil, S.R. Patil, Prakash Rathod, C.S. Nadagouda and Ashok Shabadi, former Ministers B.S. Patil Sasanur and S.G. Nanjaiahnamath, president of District Congress Committee Sharanappa Sunagar, his predecessor, B.R. Patil Anjutagi, zilla panchayat president Arjun Rathod and others attended the funeral.