Poet A. Ayyappan's cremation has been postponed to Tuesday.
Ayyappan's body would be taken from the Medical College Hospital mortuary to his sister's residence at Nemom in the suburbs at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
The body will be kept at the VJT Hall here from 12 noon before being cremated with official honours at the electric crematorium at 4 p.m., an official press note said here on Sunday.
‘Act of disrespect'
Reacting sharply to the Culture Department's decision, social critic Sukumar Azhikode said it amounted to an ‘‘act of disrespect'' to the poet. Explaining the circumstances that led to the decision, Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby told a news conference in New Delhi that the decision was taken in view of the desire of his friends and admirers from the seven districts going to the polls on Monday for a day's postponement of the cremation so that they could attend it.
Ayyappan was found unconscious by the wayside close to the Central railway station in the capital city late Thursday evening and died at the General Hospital here without anybody recognising who he was. He was identified only after his body was shifted to the mortuary. He was to have received the Asan Puraskaram, instituted by the Asan Memorial Association, at Chennai on Saturday.