Mortal remains laid to rest

Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 19:43

Puducherry: The mortal remains of Kerala
Governor M O H Farook were buried on Friday with full state
honors at the mausoleum near here.

Farook (74), former Puducherry Chief Minister, passed away
at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai last night where he was
undergoing treatment since last month for kidney and other
ailments.

A gun salute was accorded to the departed leader.
Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed, Chief Minister Arjun Munda
and Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Puducherry Lt Governor
Iqbal Singh, Chief Minister N Rangasamy, his cabinet
Colleagues and Union Minister in the Prime Minister`s office V
Narayanasamy were among those present at the burial ground.

Earlier, Defence Minister A K Antony, Union Minister
E.Ahmed and Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy paid homage to
the departed leader at his residence.

Others who paid their last respects included KPCC president
Ramesh Chennithala, some Kerala Ministers, PMK leader S
Ramadoss and former Union Minister E V K S Elangovan.

Antony in his condolence message said Farook was a source
of strength to the Congress and to the government and had
proved his capabilities in all positions he held including as
Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia.

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and former Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi were among the leaders who condoled the death.

Farook was sworn in as the 19th governor of Kerala last
September, prior to which he had occupied the gubernatorial
post in Jharkhand.

While Kerala has declared a seven-day mourning, the
government of the union territory of Puducherry, from where
Farook hails, declared a three-day mourning.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 19:43

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