Chennai, September 15: The Tamil Nadu police have registered an FIR, naming AIADMK worker C Jayagopal, in connection with the death of a woman techie who fell off her two-wheeler after being struck by a banner of the ruling party and was run over. The banner which fell on 23-year-old Subashree was put up by Jayagopal for a family wedding. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneersevlam had attended that wedding. After AIADMK Banner Led to Techie's Death, Stalin Warns DMK Cadre Against Putting Up Hoardings.
Subashree, a software engineer, was on her way home when the banner knocked her down. At the same time, a tanker comes from behind and hits her scooter, injuring Subashree on the head. Subashree was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her dead. According to eye-witnesses, the techie was wearing a helmet when the mishap happened. The driver of the tanker involved in the accident has been arrested.
Chennai's civic body also sealed the press that allegedly printed the hoarding. The illegal banner had the images of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Panneerselvam, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and others. Expressing discontent over the incident, the Madras High Court on Friday came down hard on the state government and said: "It's is bureaucratic apathy. Sorry, we have lost faith in the government."
After the incident, DMK president MK Stalin warned cadre of his party against installing hoardings. The DMK chief said that he would not attend meeting or rally if workers put up a lot of banners to advertise the event. In a tweet, PMK founder S Ramadoss said bannerless functions are a sign of political maturity and the party has fined its cadres who had erected them.
On his part, TTV Dhinakaran, General Secretary of AMMK, expressing his condolence for the death of Subashree urged his party cadres to desist from putting up banners.