"There would be a large gathering of fans, followers, relatives, celebrities, MLAs/MPs and VIPs, who will participate in the funeral,” the police said.

Funeral procession of Nandamuri Harikrishna in Hyd today traffic advisory issued
news News Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 07:53

The Hyderabad Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory, as a large number of fans and followers of actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna are expected to participate in his funeral procession on Thursday.

“In view of the same, there would be a large gathering of fans, followers, relatives, celebrities, MLAs/MPs and VIPs besides the majority of cabinet ministers of both the Telugu states, who will participate in the funeral,” the police said.  

The police said that the procession will commence at 2 pm and will reach Mahaprasthanam at Jubilee Hills at around 4 pm. The funeral is expected to be completed at the same venue, at Nyaya Vihar road, by 6 pm.

The procession will pass through areas like Masab Tank, Mehidipatnam, Nanalanagar X Road, Tolichowki, Narayanamma College and Whisper Valley T junction, the police said.

“Hence, the public is advised to take alternative routes from 2 pm to 6 pm from Masab Tank to Mahaprasthanam, Jubilee Hills road. Public is also advised to avoid Whisper Valley and Nyaya Vihar Road towards Film City and Jubilee Hills,” the advisory stated.

TDP founder NT Rama Rao's son and actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a road accident in Telangana's Nalgonda district early on Wednesday, as he was on his way to Nellore to attend a marriage. He was 61.

Harikrishna, a former Rajya Sabha member and a former Andhra Pradesh Minister, sustained critical head injuries when the car which he was driving overturned near Anneparthi.

The vehicle was flung in the air after hitting a divider and crashed into another vehicle coming from the opposite direction. Harikrishna, who was not wearing the seat belt, was thrown out of the vehicle and sustained head injuries. He was shifted to Kamineni Hospital at Narketpally, where he succumbed.

Two others accompanying him escaped with minor injuries. They said Harikrishna lost control of the vehicle when it hit a stone.

Harikrishna was a member of the TDP politburo and brother-in-law of TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He is survived by two wives Lakshmi and Shalini, two sons Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram, both actors, and daughter Suhasini.

His eldest son Janki Ram was also killed in a road accident in 2014 in the same district. In 2009, Junior NTR had escaped with injuries in a road accident, also in Nalgonda district.

Harikrishna's death shocked the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh and the Telugu film industry. Chandrababu Naidu, other members of the NTR family, film personalities and TDP leaders rushed to Narketpally.

After the autopsy, Harikrishna's body was shifted to Hyderabad by road. The last rites will be performed at his farm house at Moinabad on Hyderabad's outskirts. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said the last rites will be performed with official honours.

Born on September 2, 1956 at Nimmakur in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Harikrishna, the fourth son of NTR, began his film career as a child artist in the 1960s

Harikrishna was the 'sarathi' (charioteer) of NTR's famous Chaitanya Ratham (chariot of awakening) in 1980s. He drove the Ratham, a customised Chevrolet van, for thousands of kilometres.

He had backed Naidu when the latter staged a revolt against NTR in 1995. Following the death of NTR in 1996, he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from Hindupur, a constituency represented by his legendary father.

He served as Minister for Transport in Naidu's cabinet and was also the President of TDP's youth wing.

In 1999, he quit TDP accusing Naidu of deviating from the ideals of NTR and formed a new party called Anna TDP, which failed to make a mark.

In 2006, he rejoined the TDP and was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2008. Harkrishna resigned from the Rajya Sabha in 2013 in protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.


IANS inputs