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      Puneeth Rajkumar To Be Laid To Rest Near His Father’s Grave, CM Basavaraj Bommai Pays Last Respect


      Renowned Sandalwood actor Puneeth Rajkumar died at the age of 46 on Friday (October 29) following a massive cardiac arrest. Several celebrities are paying their tribute to him on social media. The passing away of the Power Star has also left his fans saddened.

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      Puneeth will be put to rest near his father Dr Rajkumar's grave. His last rites will be on Saturday evening after his daughter Vanditha returns from the US. The mortal remains of the actor will be kept for public view at Bengaluru's Kanteerava Stadium. Many fans and followers have blocked the roads and stadium to catch one last glimpse of their beloved idol and to pay their last respects.

      Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot paid their last respects to the iconic actor today (October 30).

      Security has been beefed up across the state. Police battalions have been deployed and the government has ordered to close theatres immediately. Though there were reports about Karnataka being put on a high alert, the Bengaluru City Police tweeted that the situation is under control in the city. The tweet read, "Dear Bengalureans. Please don't' believe in any rumours or engage in any kind of rumour-mongering. Everything is under control in the city. Bengaluru City Police assures peace and law & order in our city."

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      On the other hand, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during his media interaction said that the people can pay their respects tomorrow (October 30) and the last rites will be performed as per the family's wishes. He also stated that Puneeth will be laid to rest with state honours.

      Born as Lohith Kumar on March 17, 1975, the actor started his career with the 1976 film Premada Kanike. He made his acting debut as the main lead with the 2002 film Appu, which later became his pet name among fans and followers. The actor won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role in Bettada Hoovu (1985). He was also a prolific dancer, singer, television presenter and producer.

      Puneeth Rajkumar is survived by his wife Ashwini and daughters Vandhitha and Drithi.

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