PANAJI: Thousands of people paid their last respects to the late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar whose mortal remains were kept at the Kala Academy. Parrikar had passed away on Sunday after a fight with cancer. He is the second Chief Minister of the state to have died while in office.
Serpentine queues were witnessed along the road from the Kala Academy to opposite the old GMC complex. Even some BJP workers who could not pay respects to their leader at the party office in the morning were waiting in the queue at the KA to get a last glimpse of Parrikar.
People cutting across caste and religious lines were amongst those who paid their last respects to Parrikar. The visitors raised slogans like ‘Parrikar Amar Rahe!’ (Long live Parrikar) while entering the KA.
Goa police had a tough time in controlling the huge crowd waiting to have a last glimpse of the late Chief Minister till 1.30 pm and then the RAF and CRPF personnel took over and controlled the crowd.
The last rites were later performed at Miramar.
Remembering Parrikar, a Goan magician D Satish said that he was a man from the small village of Parra who studied IIT, Bombay and went on to getting elected as MLA from Panaji, became chief minister and also the Defence Minister of the nation.
Source:: The Navhind Times