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Fans of Raja Kumar prevented rite of cremation

April 14 2006

In the popular excitement grew funeral Raj Kumar - one of the most famous actors of Indian cinema. On the 77th year of life, the actor died in hospital.

Raj Kumar for his almost half-century career took off in two hundred films and became a legend in Bollywood. Perceived as a real tragedy Indians news of the death of movie star.

25,000 of his fans Kumar gathered at his funeral in Bangalore. The riots began after police refused to allow fans to enter the house of a celebrity. In response, members of spontaneous protest set fire to several vehicles and smashed the windows of neighboring buildings.

The result - five dead, dozens wounded, 25 vehicles burned, defeated stores.

Raj Kumar's three sons were able to perform the funeral rites of cremation only after the police again applied batons and tear gas to push back the crowd from the place of the farewell ritual. Tells NTV

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