Puri: Senior BJD leader and Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy was on Sunday cremated at Swarga Dwara with full state honours.
Puri Collector and Puri SP were among the several dignitaries present as the former legislator’s son performed the last rites. Locals turned up in hundreds to pay respects.
Earlier in the day, leaders from the entire political spectrum paid their last respects to the senior leader at his official residence in Bhubaneswar. Several people lined up to pay their respects when his body was taken to Vidhan Sabha complex, then to BJD party office and finally at his ancestral home in Khorapada village in Puri district.
The 65-year-old died on wee hours of Sunday at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He had been admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathing problems last night. Since then he was on ventilator support before he breathed his last at about 2.36 AM.