President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of dignitaries offered last respects to 83-year-old Kalam whose mortal remains were brought here from Shillong, where he died last night of a massive cardiac arrest.
The dignitaries placed wreaths on the body that was wrapped in a tri-colour and placed on a deck on the tarmac at at the Palam technical area after it was brought down from a special IAF aircraft that ferried it from Guwahati.

The President and other dignitaries stood in silence as a tri-services guard of honour was given before the former President's body was taken in a flower-bedecked  gun carriage to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg, where people in large numbers paid their homage.
A host of VIPs led by the President, Vice President and the Prime Minister also went to his Rajaji Marg residence and paid floral tributes to unarguably India's most popular President described as a true nationalist.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, three service chiefs and the Marshal of the Indian Air Force 96-year-old Arjan Singh, D Raja of CPI, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar were among the dignitaries, who paid their last respects to the departed soul.
The funeral of the former President will be held in Rameswaram, his birth place in Tamil Nadu, on July 30 with full military honours. He would be given a state funeral and the last rites would be held at 11 AM on Thrusday.

The family of Kalam whose elder brother Muthu Mohammed Meeran Marakkair (99) had wished that the last rites be held in Rameshwaram.
Earlier the body of Kalam, who collapsed during a lecture at the IIM and died of cardiac arrest, was taken from Shillong in an Air Force helicopter to Guwahati, where Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi paid his respects.

The Union Cabinet passed a resolution condoling the death hailing his services to the nation. It said, "in his passing away the country has lost a visionary scientist, a true nationalist and a great son”.
Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day after paying glowing tributes to Kalam. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will now meet on July 30. A seven-day State mourning has been declared by the Government.

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