While former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra’s last rites were being performed with full state honours on Wednesday, guns toted by 22 police personnel failed to fire a single shot.
The veteran Bhartiya Jan Congress (Rashtriya) leader, Jagannath Mishra breathed his last on Monday morning. The 82-year-old was suffering from old age ailments and was undergoing medial treatment for the same in Delhi.
In accordance with the tradition, a 21-gun salute had to be given to the departed soul. As the 21 policemen got ready to fire from their guns, none of guns could actully fire. The policemen tried their best but not a single fire could be carried out, the police said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and other senior police officials were present during the cremation process.
Mishra has served as Bihar’s chief Minister thrice in life time. However, before heading as the Chief Minister, Mishra was a teacher. He began his career as a lecturer and became professor of economics at Bihar University. Later on, he went on to join politics.
Mishra has served as a minister in the Union Cabinet and was formerly a member of the Indian National Congress, before leaving Congress to join the Nationalist Congress Party and later the Janata Dal (United).
Mishra was always appreciated for donating most of his inherited land to the landless.