As the Madras High Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to grant Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of 23-year old girl who was killed after being crushed by a water-tanker when an illegal banner of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) fell on her, Republic has accessed the CCTV footage. The footage from September 12 shows the girl named Subhashree was being mowed down by a water tanker in Chennai's Pallikarni after an AIIDMK banner fell on her. The girl was seen riding her scooty when a loosly erected banner fell on her. As a result, the girl lost control of her scooty and within seconds she was crushed to death by a water tanker.
Following the incident, two FIRs were filed against the lorry driver and the ADMK politician C Jayagopal for putting out illegal banners. The driver of the water tanker - Manoj has also been booked under IPC SEC 279, 336, 304 A. The second case was later filed against ex ADMK councilor Jayagopal based on the complaint of Amalraj, assistant engineer of division 188 of Chennai corporation. Police also registered a case under Section 4 of The Tamil Nadu Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1959, for putting out banners illegally without permission for his son's wedding. Chennai Corporation also sealed Shanmuga Graphics and stickers which had printed the banners and flex board for the wedding celebration of AIADMK ex-councillor Jayagopal. In December 2018 Chennai Corporation had issued a statement warning strict action including fine and jail term against those who put up illegal banners without requisite permission.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Paneerselvam released a statement on behalf of his party. They have said that the cadres should not erect any banners which cause trouble to the public. "It is sad to know that some enthusiastic cadres place banners which are causing trouble to the public which is very disappointing to learn. Hence, the party leadership requests the cadres to restrain from erecting banners which will cause inconvenience to the public," the statement added.
Following the fatal incident of the death, the Madras High Court while hearing a contempt of court petition by a traffic activist has slammed the Tamil Nadu government. The court on Friday has slammed the government asking why are the banners necessary. The court has asked if the ministers will know the route only after banners are erected. The Court has also questioned as to why the practice was rampant despite many orders previously on the banners. Madras High Court asked C Jayagopal that by whose permission the govt has put the party flags in the beach road, and ordered officials to immediately remove the party flags.