Ex-PM Shrestha's last rites performed at Aryaghat; family rejects state honour
Marich Man Singh
The last rites of former Prime Minister Marich Man Singh Shrestha were performed at Pashupati Aryaghat Thursday evening.
His last rites were performed without state honour despite the government's pledge. His family rejected the government decision, saying that it was not going to be "state honour". A police unit that was preparing to provide salute to the former PM during the funeral was sent back by irate relatives and well-wishers.
The funeral attendants also chanted slogans against the government for not according proper state funeral to Shrestha.
A cabinet meeting held hours after his death decided to accord honour for his funeral "in recognition of his contribution to the nation".
Shrestha's dead body was kept at his residence in Dhapashi for paying him last respects prior to the funeral.
Well-wishers and leaders of various political parties including UCPN (M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal chairman Kamal Thapa went to his home to pay their last respects.
Shrestha, 72, who was suffering from cancer, was flown back to Kathmandu from New Delhi on Wednesday. Nepalnews.com