Vastavam web: Versatile singer S P Balasubrahmanyam laid to rest at his farm house near Tamaraipakkam on Saturday with a 24-gun salute by Tamil Nadu police. After the singer’s son S P Charan performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants by priests, 24 police personnel offered a gun salute. Later, the body was lowered into a deep pit and buried. The farm house at Tamaraipakkam in nearby Tiruvallur district teemed with his fans, well-wishers and celebrities for the funeral and about 500 police personnel were deployed to regulate crowd.
From youngsters to senior citizens, people lined up on sides of the highway towards Thiruvallur dist at several spots including at the Red Hills junction to pay their last respects. Many stood on road medians to shower flower petals on the van carrying the singer’s body. The van had to be slowed down or halted to allow people to pay their last respects at a number of locations.