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Baba Amte laid to rest

india Updated: Feb 10, 2008 13:27 IST

Noted social activist and Gandhian Baba Amte was given a full state funeral at his Anandvan ashram this morning in the presence of thousands of his admirers and mourners from across the state.

A 21-gun salute was given to the country's most respected social leaders as his mortal remains were lowered in a grave near the bamboo plantation in the ashram complex amidst a solemn atmosphere.

Mourners raised slogans "Baba Amte amar rahe" (Baba Amte will be immortal), and Bharat jodo (unite India).

His wife, Sadhnatai, sons, Vikas, Prakash their spouses and grandchildren were present on the occasion.

Amte, who was suffering from blood cancer died on Saturday. He was 94.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Agriculture Minister Balasaheb Thorat and Dairy Development Minister Anees Ahmed besides a host of VVIPs were present on the occasion.