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Cops approached crematorium late on Saturday night

It was only late last night that police approached the officials of a crematorium in south-west Delhi for an early morning cremation of the 23-year-old gangrape victim. The cremation plans were kept a secret till the last moment as police apprehended a large gathering may cause problems.

Fearing law and order problems, authorities also wanted the last rites to be performed at 6.30 am but their plans did not go through as Hindu traditions did not allow cremation before sunrise. At 7.30 am, the emotional father of the victim, who fought a brave battle for life for 13 days, lit the funeral pyre in the presence of her brothers, relatives and others. Police had approached the officials of New Indian Education and Cultural Society running a crematorium in Dwarka at around 10 pm yesterday and told them to arrange for cremation at 6.30 am.

‘We made arrangements. Vijender Sharma guided the rituals. The cremation was planned at 7.30 am, as according to Hindu traditions, we cannot conduct such rituals before sunrise,’ Sunil Kumar, manager of the society, said.
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