Barely hours after Subhasri was cremated amidst inconsolable wails from her loved ones, the CCTV visuals of that fateful afternoon have been released. The visuals show the accident and the subsequent efforts by bystanders to pick a bleeding Subhasri up and take her to the hospital.
The video footage, which was released on Friday evening, shows how the accident happened. In the 1.10-minute-long video, it can be seen that a flex board, fastened at only one end, swinging precariously, as it is mounted on the median. The wind makes the flex board flap vigorously. At one point, it unhooks itself from the wooden post and flies onto the road only to block the path of Subhasri’s scooter. For the driver of the water tanker which was behind Subhasri’s scooter, it happened in a matter of microseconds. She was crushed under the wheels of the tanker, after being hit by the flex board.
In the second video, which is around 1.17 minutes long, a group of men slowly walking carrying what can only be understood as an injured Subhasri to the side of the road. Some of the men then try to stop a few passing vehicles by showing their hands. A goods carriage vehicle then stops near the men and they then hoist Subhasri into the carriage and drive off fast.
Subhasri was taken to Kamatchi hospital on the Pallikaranai radial road where the doctors tried to treat her injuries. However, in an hour, she succumbed to her injuries. Her body was then shifted to Chrompet Government Hospital for autopsy and handed over to her family on Friday.
The death of a young woman due to the carelessness of the officials and politicians has sparked massive outrage on social media, with a lot of users slamming the government of Tamil Nadu, the police and the Chennai Corporation for failing to implement the Madras High Court order banning such flex boards. The Madras High Court on Friday ordered the state government to offer a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Subhasri’s family and has directed the government to recover the amount from the erring officials responsible for the fatal accident.
The High Court also direct the state government to take disciplinary action against officials who allowed the erection of such banners and flex boards.