Former chief minister Master Hukam Singh, who died at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Thursday, was cremated at his native town Charkhi Dadri in Bhiwani district with full state honours.
After a funeral procession in the town, his son Rajbir Singh lit the the pyre of the departed leader, who died at the age of 89 after a prolonged illness. Hundreds of people assembled at the cremation site shouted slogans 'Hukam Singh Amar Rahe'.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, cabinet ministers-Capt. Abhimanyu, Om Prakash Dhankar, Ram Bilas Sharma, Krishan Bedi, Bhiwani MP Dharambir, INLD Hisar MP Dushyant Singh were among the high profile dignitaries who paid the veteran politician their last tribute.
Mourning during the attending the funeral ceremony of former CM, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar dubbed Hukam Singh as a true man who was known for his simplicity and high values. Expressing solidarity with bereaved family, Khattar said that government would announce the name of institution after ex-CM's name. Singh was the chief minister of the state in 1990-91.
AMBULANCE GOOF UP TO BE PROBED
Reacting to the allegations of former chief minister Master Hukam Singh family members that they had to wait for three hours for the ambulance at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences(PGIMS), chief minister Khattar said that the matter is being probed.
"The reason of delay in providing ambulance is being probed and the strict action would be taken if any lapse was found on anyone part at PGIMS", said chief minister.
Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and INLD Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala too advocated for an impartial probe into the alleged controversy of delay in providing ambulance to Hukam Singh. "As per protocol an ex CM gets the facilities at the level of cabinet minister in Haryana", they said.
Notably, the family of Haryana's former CM Hukam Singh alleged that they had a horrible experience on Wednesday at PGIMS as were forced to wait for nearly three hours for ambulance for rushing him to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon.
PGIMS officiating director Rohtash Yadav had defended the move by saying: "The doctors were not in favour of ex-CM being shifted but the family members were adamant to take him to private hospital. They were just advised to wait till the doctor concerned came out from a meeting".