Comedy king Jaspal Bhatti cremated, hundreds mourn

By Hindustan Times

The mortal remains of famous comedian, actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti were consigned to flames at a cremation ground in Chandigarh on Thursday evening. Bhatti died in a road accident near Punjab's Nakodar town, 170 km from the city, in the morning. Bhatti's pyre was lit by his son Jasraj, who was himself injured in the accident but was discharged from hospital in the afternoon.

Hundreds of mourners from diverse fields attended the cremation. These included politicians, leading celebrities of the Punjabi film and theatre industry and scores of friends of Bhatti. Earlier, a large number of mourners reached his Sector 19 residence.

"The king of comedy has left everyone in tears. He did not deserve this," one of his close associates said at the cremation grou