Two people have died in a stampede at the funeral procession of veteran Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi, in the southern city of Chennai.

In addition, 41 people were taken to hospital with injuries, officials told BBC Tamil.

Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday aged 94, had served five times as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the state of which Chennai is capital.

Police struggled to control thousands of mourners on Wednesday.

The stampede occurred when crowds tried to surge past police at the entrance to the building where Karunanidhi lay in state.

He is being buried at Marina Beach in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), alongside his mentor, CN Annadurai.

The state government had earlier refused to allocate space for his burial at Marina Beach, telling the Chennai high court that only chief ministers who died in office were buried there.

The court rejected that argument and cleared the way for Karunanidhi to be laid to rest at the iconic site. His two biggest political rivals, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalitha, are also buried there.

Karunanidhi helped found the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party in 1949 and continued to lead it until his death.

Starting in 1957, he contested and won 13 elections in Tamil Nadu. He was a prolific writer and a fiery speaker known for his wit and oratory, and enjoyed god-like status among his supporters.