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Union Minister Gopinath Munde cremated


June 4, 2014 - New Delhi

The Union Minister for Rural Development Gopinath Munde who died yesterday in a car accident was created today with full State honours.

Senior leaders like Vinod Tawde, Kirit Somaiya, Ramdas Athawale, Raj Purohit, Munde's daughter Pankaja Munde-Palve and others accompanied the body. Among those attended includes BJP patriarch LK Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Gopinath Munde's elder daughter Pankaja Munde lit the funeral pyre amid roars of 'Gopinath Munde amar rahe' and 'Munde Sahed Parat ya' .Munde was cremated in his native Parli village. Nearly 30,000 people have attended the funeral. Some agitated supporters went on a rampage, demanding CBI probe into the accident. They torched police vans, other vehicles and gheraoed Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's car while he was on his way to a helipad. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded a CBI probe into the accident case.

Wearing seat belt could have saved', says Harsha Vardhan

Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that wearing seat belt could have saved the life of Munde. In a message of following safety measures while driving, he said 'Wearing seat belt could have saved Munde. I lost my friend to a misconception. Most people think that the back-seat belts serve only a decorative purpose. In fact wearing them is as necessary as wearing front seat belts. They can save lives in the event of impacts," said Vardhan before leaving for Beed to attend the funeral of Munde.

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