In presence of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal police honour singer KK with gun salute
In the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal government fired a gun salute to singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, better known as KK, who died shortly after a concert in Kolkata on Tuesday night. At 2.30 p.m., an ambulance arrived at Rabindra Sadan with KK’s body in a wooden casket. During the gun salute at 2.43 p.m., senior ministers stood beside KK’s wife and children.
A green tunnel will be used to transport the singer’s body to the airport. Around 5 p.m., his family would depart for Mumbai. Banerjee, who flew in from Andal Airport in Paschim Bardhaman, arrived at Rabindra Sadan at 1.30 p.m. to oversee the arrangements as the post-mortem was being performed at SSKM Hospital, which was only 200 meters away.
Staff personnel at the Nazrul Manch, where the event was held, stated the audience was overflowing, with some jumping over the fence and breaking the gates. Doctors at the hospital speculated that the death was caused by “cardiac arrest.” Police have opened an investigation into a ‘unnatural death’ case.
A complaint has been filed with the New Market Police Station, which has jurisdiction over the five-star hotel where KK was staying and was taken to the hospital. KK, a multilingual singer who recorded songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and Bengali, died at the age of 53.