Bal Thackeray passed away. The Shiv Sena Party founder - Bal Thackeray passed away on Saturday after severe illness at his home ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Mumbai. He passed away at the age of 86.
This Sad News was announced by his doctor Jaleel Parkar. “Bal Thackeray passed away at 3.30 pm. He had gone into cardiac arrest. We tried our best, but could not revive him despite our best efforts (sic),” Parkar said.
Thackeray had been suffering from respiratory problems and pancreatic disease.
Thousands of Supporters had been standing outside his home in Mumbai for the last 72 hours as the news got out about Thackeray’s failing health. The supporters who had converged outside ‘Matoshree’ broke into tears on hearing the news.
Though there was no panic in Mumbai.
Funeral at Shivaji Park
The mortal remains of Bal Thackeray will be consigned to the flames Sunday evening at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. Shivaji Park is revered as ‘Shiv Tirth’ by Shiv Sainiks in Maharashtra.
“Thackeray’s body is at present kept at Matoshri. Tomorrow morning, around 7.30 am, it will be taken to Shiv Sena Bhavan for party workers to pay their respects. From there, it will be taken to Shivaji Park where the public can pay their last respects from 9 am,” party MP Sanjay Raut told mediapersons.
“The funeral would be held at Shivaji Park ground. We have received permission from the state government in this regard,” Raut further said.
Heavy security in Mumbai
Keeping in mind a possible unrest in Mumbai, state government has deployed heavy security across city. In Mumbai alone, over 20,000 city police, 15 companies of State Reserve Police Force and three contingents of Rapid Action Force have been deployed.
“The entire police force is on an alert in Maharashtra. Lakhs of people are expected to visit Mumbai to take a last glimpse of Thackeray,” a senior police official at Maharashtra Police Headquarters said.