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Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed's mortal remains being carried by his partymen inside his Srinagar residence on Thursday 7 January 2015PHOTO BY BILLA BAHADUR
Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed’s mortal remains being carried by his party men inside his Srinagar residence on Thursday 7 January 2015. The casket in which Mufti’s body was carried was wrapped in Indian and J&K state flags. KL Images by BILAL BAHADUR & AAKASH HASAN

Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi Thursday morning, was laid to rest with full State honours at his hometown of Bijbehara, this evening.

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At Fairview, mourners waiting for final rites.

With tearful eyes, an unending sea of mourners who had congregated from today morning at his birth-place, paid last respects to their beloved leader, after which he was buried in the Dara Shikoh Bagh, an official spokesperson said this late evening.

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In a procession, Mufti Sayeed’s body was taken to SK Cricket stadium for funeral prayers.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s body was flown this afternoon from New Delhi to Srinagar in an IAF plane.

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Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, at Srinagar paying tributes to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Accompanied by several Union government Ministers, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the New Delhi Airport and laid wreath on the mortal remains of the departed leader. He met PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti, who was by the side of her father for the last 14 days, and offered condolences.

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Naeem Akhtar, one time close aide, leading funeral prayers of his mentor, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Srinagar’s SK Cricket stadium.

There was an outpouring of grief across Jammu & Kashmir today with much of the state shutting down to mourn the late chief minister, whose funeral cavalcade snaked its way through surging crowds from his official residence at Gupkar to the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium where a huge gathering of people offered Nimaz-e-Jinaza, led by Naeem Akhtar. A ceremonial Guard-of-Honour was also given as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

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The coffin reaches Mufti’s home town.

Besides, Governor, N N Vohra and Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, former Chief Ministers, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah, senior political leaders across party lines and officers of the State government also attended the funeral of the Chief Minister.

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Locals offering Nimaz-i-Jinaza to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

The mortal remains of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed were later carried to his hometown of Bijbehara for burial.

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Wailing: PDP Minister, A R Veeri, along with his cabinet colleague and BJP minister.

Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had taken oath as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir for a second term on March 01, 2015.

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The state has declared seven-day mourning as a mark of respect to the departed leader. All State government offices and educational institutions in the State remained closed today. National & State Flags will be flown at half-mast during the period of mourning on all buildings and places where these are flown.

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