In India, three hundred thousand people braved the sweltering heat of Delhi on Tuesday (24 June) to witness the funeral of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indian Prime Minister Mrs Gandhi.
SCU INTERIOR: Body of Sanjay Gandhi lying in state
SV: President Neelam Reddy laying wreath near body and CU body. (2 shots)
SV: Marshal moving mourners past bier
GV: Body being wrapped in cloth as preparation for cremation
GV PAN EXTERIOR; Queue of mourners moving slowly forward
SV: Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi walking past camera with parasol
GV: Motorcade and mass of mourners moving along roadway.(2 shots)
GV: Carrying bearing body (2 shots)
GV: Crowds of mourners (2 shots)
TOP GV: Agitated press of people. (2 shots)
GV Mrs Gandhi is midst of crowd of mourners at cremation venue
GV: Body being carried up steps onto platform
GV: Huge crowd of mourners surrounding platform
LV: Mrs Gandhi and three others of platform
GV: Funeral pyre being lit and ablaze ZOOM IN TO stack of blazing sandlewood. (2 shots)
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Background: In India, three hundred thousand people braved the sweltering heat of Delhi on Tuesday (24 June) to witness the funeral of Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indian Prime Minister Mrs Gandhi. Described as a possible future leader of his country, Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash on Monday (23 June).
SYNOPSIS: His body lay in state overnight at his mother's home. Among the many dignitaries who came to pay final tributes to the man tipped succeed his mother was Indian President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy.
Thousands of weeping mourners, from peasants to politicians, filed past his body. A mood of intense grief gripped the capital, where the fierce passions Sanjay Gandhi had aroused in his brief career were thrust aside. Cabinet ministers, state governors and members of Parliament, were among those shocked by the suddenness of his death.
A slow-moving queue was outside Mrs Gandhi's house until the body was removed.
Mrs Gandhi prepared for the start of the funeral.
The streets were choked with people moving as best they could behind the motorcade. The crush of humanity delayed the cortege for ninety minutes on its journey to the River Jamuna.
Emotional outbursts greeted the body as it passed on an open truck laden with flowers. At one point, mourners burst through police cordons and marched in front of the truck, shouting "So long as the universe remains, your name will last."
Many had waited for house in the burning sun for a lat glimpse of Sanjay Gandhi, the most powerful man in India when he died.
His body was taken to the same spot on the bank of the River Jamuna, where his grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, and Mahatma Gandhi were cremated. There, his brother Rajiv lit the sandlewood funeral pyre, as Hindu priests recited from holy scriptures. Sanjay was dead. So too, were his mother's hopes of transition to another general of Nehru family rule.