New Delhi: The mortal remains of late president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will be flown to his native town Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday where last rites will take place on July 30.
The last rites of the late leader will be held in his native place as per the wishes of Kalam's family members who wanted the funeral to take place where he spent his childhood.
APJMK Sheik Saleem, the former president's grandson, told IANS that relatives, friends, well wishers and common people have gathered at his residence in Rameswaram to pay their last respects.
Saleem is the son of Kalam's brother APJM Maraikayar.
Sitanshu Kar, Defence Ministry spokesperson, confirmed the development on Twitter.
— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) July 28, 2015
The 83-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee suddenly collapsed while delivering a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong.
He was rushed to hospital immediately where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.