Bengaluru: In early morning event, Puneeth Rajkumar laid to rest next to parents | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Hours ahead of the scheduled 10am start, Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, who died of cardiac arrest on Friday, was laid to rest with full state honours at Sree Kanteerava Studios on Sunday.
Wary of security breaches, the government, with consent from Puneeth’s family, advanced the burial to 7.30am.
Dawn was just breaking when the final last journey commenced from Kanteerava Stadium, where Puneeth’s mortal remains were kept for public viewing since Friday evening.
The funeral procession left the stadium at 5.30am, almost immediately after chief minister Basavaraj Bommai planted a final farewell kiss on Puneeth’s forehead, and the cortège reached Sree Kanteerava Studios at 6.30am.
Vinay Rajkumar, Puneeth’s nephew and son of brother Raghavendra Rajkumar, performed the rituals in accordance with Idiga community customs and a guard of honour and gun salute were performed.
The Power Star’s daughters, Drithi and Vanditha flanked their mother Ashwini, as they witnessed the rituals. He was buried near the memorials of his parents, thespian Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar. “While we still cannot believe that Appu [as the actor was fondly called] is gone, we are deeply pained by his passing,” said Shivarajkumar, Puneeth’s eldest brother.
In the wake of a spate of suicides by grieving fans across the state, he appealed to them against taking the extreme step. “Appu was 13 years younger to me and like a kid. I feel like I have lost my child, but then we should swallow the pain and move on in life,” Shivarajkumar said.
Bommai handed over the national flag that was draped over Puneeth to Ashwini before the body was buried with state honours. “I have a personal bond with Rajkumar’s family and more so with Appu since his childhood. I was so emotional as I bid farewell to him,” said Bommai.
Other dignitaries present included revenue minister R Ashoka, home minister Araga Jnanendra, health minister K Sudhakar and horticulture minister N Muniratna, KPCC president DK Shivakumar and Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah. Film actors including V Ravichandran, Upendra, Ganesh and Duniya Vijay joined the bereaved family in bidding adieu to the actor.
Prohibitory orders will remain in force in and around Kanteerava Studios till Tuesday when the family will perform the fifth day rituals (haalu thuppa) at the grave. Authorities said the public will be allowed only after that.
“We will make arrangements such as barricades before allowing people to visit the grave,” said J Manjunath Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner. Jnanendra appreciated the work rendered by police and officials of other departments.
“I would like to thank all of them. They worked day and night for three days. We deployed around 20,000 personnel from 50 platoons of the state police and two companies of central police forces. I am happy that we could maintain order and there were no untoward incidents,” he said.

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