Karnataka: Thousands gather for last rites of mentally challenged beggar who took only Re 1 in alms

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Karnataka: Thousands gather for last rites of mentally challenged beggar who took only Re 1 in alms 

Thousands of people turned out in Hadagali town of Vijay Nagar district to bid final goodbye to mentally challenged beggar who died after suffering serious injuries in a road accident. Huchcha Basya, 45, was hit by a bus on November 12. He was admitted to a hospital but could not survive. 

Photos and videos of Basya’s final rites went viral on social media showing thousands of people turning out on streets to show their respect for him. His mortal remains were taken in a procession with music being played by a band on the arterial roads.

People recalled how Basya took only Re 1 as alms from a person and returned the excess amount. He would not take more money even if forced.

Locals believed it would bring good luck to give Basya alms. “Whatever he used to say, it turned out to be true, that’s why people had respect for him,” a local said. 

“He was seen as a good luck charm and everyone respected him,” added another person.

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