Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jajpur, Jul 26:
The mortal remains of senior BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member were consigned to flames at his native village Bhotaka in Odisha’s Jajpur district this afternoon with full state honours.
The funeral pyre was lit by Das’s eldest son Pranab Kumar Balabantaray.
The body of Das arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in the Odisha capital from New Delhi this morning.
It was first taken to the BJD state party office where several party leaders and workers had a last glimpse of the departed soul.
From the BJD office, the body was taken to Das’s residence in Bhubaneswar where chief minister Naveen Patnaik laid wreaths on the mortal remains.
The body, before leaving for Bhotaka village, was taken to the State Assembly where it was given a Guard of Honour.
Afflicted wiht cancer, Das was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on July 20. But his condition began to deteriorate and he passed away on Saturday afternoon.
Several political leaders including yhe chief minister have deeply condoled the untimely death of Das.