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Tamil Nadu: Illegal ADMK Banner Claims Life, Minister Blames Citizens

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

In a shocking incident, a 23-year old girl has been killed in Tamil Nadu after being crushed by an illegal banner of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The girl named Subhashree was allegedly crushed by a water tanker in Chennai's Pallikarni after an illegal banner fell on her. The girl was reportedly riding her scooty when a loosly erected banner fell on her. As a result, the girl lost control of her scooty and she was crushed to death by a water tanker that came right from behind, as per reports. 

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AIADMK minister blames citizens

When asked about the incident, Jayakumar, AIADMK government's minister said that it is the citizens'responsibility to ensure road safety. Without uttering a word on illegal banners that has also been banned by the Madras High Court in 2017. Jayakumar said: "The human is life is most valuable thing, its very precious, we can save our lives when we wear helmet while travelling in a two wheeler & like wise, seat belt in car can avoid accident and also deaths when you travel in car. We tend to lose of life because of our carelessness in few situations which can be avoided, we have seen such reports in media and news papers. Hence we can save our valuable lives if we wear helmet for two Wheelers and seat belts for car, its our responsibility."

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Action taken after the fatal incident

Meanwhile, two FIRs were filed against the lorry driver and the ADMK neta C Jeyagopal for putting out illegal banners. As per reports, the banners were erected for a wedding ceremony of the minister's son. The driver of the water tanker - Manoj has also been booked under IPC SEC 279, 336, 304 A. Second case was later filed against ex ADMK councillor Jeyagopal based on the complaint of Amalraj, assistant engineer of division 188 of Chennai corporation. Police also registered 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 Jeyagopal. 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.

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Controversy over illegal banners:

Controversy over illegal banners has been going on in the state of Tamil Nadu and recently made headlines after a software engineer was knocked off. Although in 2017, the Madras High Court banned hoardings and flex-boards featuring living persons. This decision was taken after in November 2017, a 30-year-old Raghupathy Kandasamy died in Coimbatore after he hit a banner erected by the ruling AIADMK for Dr MGR centenary year celebrations. Even after several orders by the Court, the practice has not stopped in Tamil nadu. Attacking the government for the fatal incident, DMK president MK Stalin said: "Subashree has died due to negligence of the government, inefficient police officers. The illegal banners have taken yet another life. My deepest condolences to her family. How many more lives will be lost to the power-hungry and anarchist rule?"

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