7-day state mourning for Gujral

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 02:33 hrs

New Delhi: The government of India Friday declared seven days state mourning throughout the country as a mark of respect to departed former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.

India's 12th Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, whose policy of pacifism with neighbours continues to influence the Asian giant's foreign policy architecture, passed away after a multi-organ failure at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon on Friday. He was 93.

The state mourning will be observed from Nov 30 to Dec 6, both days inclusive.

During this period, the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where it is regularly flown and there will be no official entertainment.

It has been decided that the state funeral will be accorded to Gujral.

The State funeral will take place near Smriti Sthal, New Delhi on Dec 1 at 1500 hrs.

It has also been decided that all Central Government offices at Delhi and Delhi govt offices will close at 1:30 pm to enable the people to attend the funeral ceremony of the late former Prime Minister.

Gujral, who was admitted to the hospital on Nov 19 with a lung infection, died at around 3:30 pm.

He was unwell for quite some time and was on ventilator support.

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