Visakhapatnam: Thousands attended the final rites of the founder of GITAM University and the TDP MLC MVVS Murthi held at a site in Rushikonda in Visakapatnam on Sunday with full state honours.
Earlier, a site of 1,360 sq.ft was ascertained by the Vishakhapatnam district administration to conduct the cremation. MVVS Murthi’s mortal remains were flown back from US on Sunday morning.
Founder-president of GITAM University Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthi, a noted industrialist and Telugu Desam senior leader, and three others were killed in a road accident in the United States a week back.
The car in which Dr. Murthi, 80, and his friends were travelling to a wildlife sanctuary in Alaska collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction about 25 miles south of Cantwell in Alaska. It was said that he was travelling from California to Alaska as part of attending a grand alumni meet of GITAM University to be held on October 6.
After the accident, two of them died on the spot and two others lost their lives while being taken to hospital. Dr Murthi and his friends had gone to the USA on September 15.
The deceased leader served two terms as an MP, in 1991 and 1999 respectively, representing Visakhapatnam. He later contested and elected as an MLC. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, CM Naidu, and other senior leaders of TDP laid wreath. (PenNews with input from UNI)