Chennai: A 23-year-old woman lost her life after she was run over by a water tanker in Chennai on Thursday. The deceased, identified as Subashree fell on the road after a banner erected by ruling AIADMK fell on her.
The incident happened around 2:30 pm at Pallikaranai in South Chennai when Subashree was returning home after her exam. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) banners were erected by a former party councilor.
Eyewitnesses said Subashree lost her balance after one of the AIADMK banners that were erected on the pavement fell on her.
Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin hit out at the government and alleged woman’s death was caused by the negligence of state government and ‘inefficient’ officers
“Subashree has died due to negligence of the government, inefficient police officers. 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?" Stalin tweeted.
Political parties in Tamil Nadu continue to erect banners despite a Madras High Court order warning of strict action. The court had passed an order in 2017 banning hoardings of living persons, political parties for blocking commuters from using the pavements.
The court had, earlier, expressed disappointment over the parties continuing to erect banners across the city illegally and said it will handle the issue with ‘iron hands’.
In December 2017, a techie who had come back to Coimbatore from the U.S to meet a prospective bride, died when his motorbike rammed into a temporary wooden structure set up by the ruling AIADMK to welcome Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for Dr MGR’s centenary celebrations.
(With inputs from Vennila N)