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People's president: India mourns Abdul Kalam

Indian school children hold candles during a condolence ceremony for former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Chennai on July 28, 2015 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Mr 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 caption Hundreds 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 caption Similar 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 caption Mr Kalam's advisor Srijan Pal Singh tweeted this shortly before accompanying his body back to Delhi
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Image caption Candle-lit vigils were held across India to pay respects
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Image caption India cricket captain Virat Kohli was among dozens of celebrities who publicly mourned Mr Kalam
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Image caption Indians erected placards of Mr Kalam in public places where mourners came to pay tribute
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Image caption Popular tweeter Ramesh Srivats seemed to sum up the sentiments of a lot of Indians towards Mr Kalam
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Image caption Mr 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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