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Former Union minister and RJD leader Taslimuddin laid to rest with full state honours

The last rites of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin were held at Sisauna village in Bihar’s Araria district.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2017 19:53 IST
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Aditya Nath Jha
Hindustan Times, Purnia
Mohammad Taslimuddin,Taslimuddin laid to rest,RJD leader
A large crowd attended the last rites of RJD leader Taslimddin at Sisauna in Bihar’s Araria district on Tuesday.(HT photo)

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin was laid to rest with full state honours at his native village Sisauna in Bihar’s Araria district, 316 km northeast of state capital Patna, on Tuesday.

Taslimuddin, 74, a former Union minister of state for home affairs, had passed away in a Chennai hospital on Sunday. The RJD MP was admitted to the hospital on August 24 after he suddenly developed breathing problem. He had gone to Chennai in connection with a parliamentary committee meeting. His body was flown to Bagdogra in neighbouring West Bengal and taken to his village by road via Kishanganj and Purnia on Monday .

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A large number of people were present at the burial ground to have last glimpse of the departed leader. Many political leaders, including RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar rural development and parliamentary affairs minister Shrawan Kumar, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain, Kishanganj MP Maulana Asrarul Haque, Congress MP Ranjit Ranjan, Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan, Bhagalpur MP Bulo Mandal and senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary, also attended the last rites of the Araria MP.

Paying tributes to Taslimuddin, Lalu Prasad said he always fought for communal harmony and social justice. His untimely death was an irreparable loss to Bihar and the RJD, Prasad said before leaving for Ranchi in connection with hearing in fodder scam cases.

Tiwary, who accompanied Prasad, said Taslimuddin was a leader of the masses, “rarely seen in politics today”.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 19:53 IST