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People's president: India mourns Abdul Kalam

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image captionMr Kalam had a special affinity towards children - his book "Ignited minds" was dedicated to a child who told him the answer to "Who is our enemy" was "poverty"

The death of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has triggered an outpouring of grief in the country.

Prayer services were held to pay tribute, and hundreds of Indians lined roads and stood outside Mr Kalam's residence to catch a final glimpse.

The much loved Mr Kalam died while addressing a gathering of students at a university in Shillong, the capital of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.

Social media has also been filled with tributes, images and quotes from the former president's speeches and books.

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image captionHundreds of schoolchildren lined roads to pay respects, as a truck carrying Mr Kalam's body made its way to the former president's Delhi home
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image captionSimilar scenes were witnessed in Guwahati in north-east India, where people gathered at the airport to pay respects before his body was flown to Delhi
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image captionMr Kalam's advisor Srijan Pal Singh tweeted this shortly before accompanying his body back to Delhi
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image captionCandle-lit vigils were held across India to pay respects
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image captionIndia cricket captain Virat Kohli was among dozens of celebrities who publicly mourned Mr Kalam
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image captionIndians erected placards of Mr Kalam in public places where mourners came to pay tribute
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image captionPopular tweeter Ramesh Srivats seemed to sum up the sentiments of a lot of Indians towards Mr Kalam
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image captionMr Kalam's body was received in Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He tweeted that "India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual."

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