In a crackdown of the illegal banners, officials of the Chennai Corporation, on Sunday, have removed flex banners and hoardings in Chennai. This development comes two days after an illegal banner fell on 23-year old Shubashree, after which she was crushed to death, allegedly by a water tanker in Chennai's Pallikarni. Previously on Friday, AIADMK leader C Jayagopal and the truck driver have been booked by Chennai police under IPC SEC 279, 336, 304 A. Sources report that to allegedly evade arrest, Jayagopal has allegedly gotten admitted at a private hospital in Chennai citing chest pains on Saturday night.
Tamil Nadu: Chennai Corporation officials remove hoardings & flex banners in Chennai; visuals from— ANI (@ANI) September 15, 2019
Nerkundram. A 22-year-old girl had died in Chennai on 12 Sept, allegedly after AIADMK banner fell on her. pic.twitter.com/CSTkrVjMIr
Earlier on Friday, the Chennai techie had reportedly ridden her scooter when a loosely erected banner fell on her. As a result, the girl lost control of her scooter and she was crushed to death by a water tanker that came right from behind, as per reports. The banner was put up by AIADMK leader C Jayagopal's supporters to welcome the deputy CM O Panneerselvam and other AIADMK leaders for his son's wedding. This incident was severely criticised by the Opposition and citizens alike.
In response to the severe backlash, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Paneerselvam released a statement on behalf of his party. They 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.
After the fatal accident, the Madras HC too slammed the Tamil Nadu government on Friday. It had 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 government has put the party flags in the beach road, and ordered officials to immediately remove the party flags. The Court has also ordered the Tamil Nadu government to grant Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of the victim. This action was taken after a traffic activist Ramasamy filed contempt of court petition against the state government on the banner issue.