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Sea of humanity descends at L B Stadium

india Updated: Sep 04, 2009 18:09 IST

The body of Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy or YSR as he was popularly known, was on Friday kept at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, the same venue where he was twice sworn in as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The mortal remains of the late Chief Minister, killed in a copter crash, were kept at the stadium enabling people to pay last homage to their departed leader.

YSR was sworn-in as Chief Minister for the second term on May 20 this year at this stadium where he had come along with his family in an open-top jeep, waving at the crowds and expressing gratitude for voting Congress back to power in the state.

Exactly 108 days after assuming office, people on Friday gathered at the same venue, but, to pay last respects to their leader.

A sea of humanity surged in and around the L B stadium, to pay tribute to their beloved leader even as police struggled to control the crowd including women who jumped the barricades to reach near the casket in which Reddy's body was kept and meet his son Jagan Mohan Reddy to console him.

YSR had taken oath as Chief Minister for the first time on May 14, 2004 at the same venue.

Reddy's body which was brought from Gandhi Bhavan-- the state headquarters-- to the stadium at around 11.50 AM was later taken towards old Begumpet Airport from where it was flown to his native Kadappa district for final rites.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed when their helicopter crashed on a hillock, about 49 nautical miles east of Kurnool on Wednesday.