An armed contingent of Telangana Police reversed arms as the bugle sounded the Last Post as a mark of respect to Harikrishna.

Many bid tearful adieu as N Harikrishna cremated with full state honours in Hyd
news Death Friday, August 31, 2018 - 07:31

Telugu film personalities, politicians and others on Thursday bid a tearful adieu to actor-politician and TDP politburo member Nandamuri Harikrishna, whose mortal remains were consigned to flames with full state honours at Mahaprasthanam in Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills area.

Harikrishna, who died in a road accident a day earlier in Telangana’s Nalgonda district, was the fourth son of actor-politician NT Rama Rao, the founder of Telugu Desam Party and former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. 

Harikrishna's eldest actor son Kalyan Ram lit the funeral pyre amid chanting of hymns at Mahaprasthanam crematorium in Jubliee Hills in the presence of a large number of mourners, including his other son Tarak Ram, popularly known as Junior NTR, brother-in-law and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, actor brother Balakrishna, and former Supreme Court judge J. Chelameswar.

An armed contingent of Telangana Police reversed arms as the bugle sounded the Last Post as a mark of respect to Harikrishna, who died three days before his 62nd birthday.

Poignant scenes were witnessed at the funeral, attended by Ministers from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, leaders of TDP, Tollywood celebrities and fans.

Earlier, the body was put on a flower-bedecked vehicle and taken to the cremation ground from Harikrishna's house in Mehdipatnam by a procession of hundreds of people, with Chandrababu Naidu, Chelameswar and close family members acted as pall-bearers. 

The former MP and former Andhra Pradesh Minister died on Wednesday when a SUV he was driving overturned in Telangana's Nalgonda district.

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 to his injuries.

Harikrishna was popular as 'sarathi' or charioteer of his father's 'Chaitanya Ratham', the name of the vehicle on which NTR toured the state after floating the TDP in 1982. 

 

IANS inputs

 

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