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Two die in stampede at funeral of Indian Tamil leader

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Supporters hold the portrait of the Indian Tamil leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi during his funeral in Chennai, India August 8, 2018. (Reuters pic)

NEW DELHI: A stampede on Wednesday among thousands of mourners at the funeral of a powerful southern Indian politician killed two people and injured 47, a doctor at a government hospital said.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a dominant figure in the politics of southern India for half a century who had been chief minister of Tamil Nadu state five times, died on Tuesday aged 94.

Television broadcast images of thousands gathered in the state capital, Chennai, to pay their last respects to the leader at a funeral attended by senior politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The stampede happened when a sudden rush among mourners arriving at the site caused many to lose their balance and fall, the Times of India newspaper said.

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