Tearful adieu to mountaineer Mastan Babu

The mountaineer’s body was brought home from Argentina on Friday by his sister Malli Dorasanamma.



By P S Jayram

Published: Mon 27 Apr 2015, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:40 PM

Hyderabad —The last rites of Malli Mastan Babu, India’s ace mountaineer who died while trying to scale a mountain in the Andes Range in Chile in March, were performed at his native village Gandhijana Sangam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

The 40-year-old mountaineer, who achieved the feat of becoming the “fastest seven summiteer” in the world (172 days in 2006, during which he climbed seven summits on seven days of the week in each calendar month), was buried with full state honors in a family field even as hundreds of admirers raised slogans hailing Mastan Babu.

A large number of people including villagers from nearby places accompanied the flower-bedecked vehicle carrying the body from the village to the field. The casket was draped in the national flag as police band played in homage. The policemen accorded gun salute as the body was lowered in the grave.

Earlier, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh ministers P Raghunatha Reddy, P Narayana, R Kishore Babu and officials paid their last respects. Naidu, who consoled Mastan Babu’s mother and other family members, said his death was a big loss to the state and the country.

The mountaineer’s body was brought home from Argentina on Friday by his sister Malli Dorasanamma. The mortal remains first reached Delhi and was then flown to Chennai. It was then taken by road to his village.


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