As DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s health condition continues to deteriorate to “extremely critical” condition, shops and business establishment closed early on Tuesday in view of the increasing security across the state. Also Read - BJP Workers Offer 70-kg 'Laddu' at Coimbatore Temple Ahead of PM Modi's 70th Birthday
According to a Times of India report, college students and office employees were asked to return home early. This led to traffic jams in several areas, including Ann Salai, Nungambakkam High Road and Poonamallee High Road. Also Read - Sasikala's Probable Date of Release is Jan 27, 2021: Bangalore Central Prison
Private companies in the city also asked their employees to return home early. “We were asked to reach home safe, as our bosses thought the announcement will instigate violence in the city,” an IT company employee was quoted by Times of India as saying. Also Read - NEET 2020: Ban Medical Entrance Test, Save Tamil Nadu Students, Says DMK's Stalin
Meanwhile, TASMAC shops in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai have been ordered to close by 6 PM today.
Amid rising concerns over Karunanidhi’s health, many in Chennai began to stock essentials like vegetables and milk, fearing a shutdown in the city and across Tamil Nadu.
The crowds outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi’s condition had deteriorated.
Thousands of DMK supporters, both men and women, began massing outside the hospital, some waving the party’s red-and-black flags and photos of one of India’s most veteran politicians.
“Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa” (Awake, our leader) and “Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa” (Come, Come, let’s go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Chief Minister has a house.
The Tamil Nadu Police chief on Tuesday ordered maximum deployment of the police force across the state.
A circular issued by Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran asked all Superintendents of Police, City Police Commissioners and others to direct officials under them to report to them immediately in uniform without delay.
The Zonal Inspector Generals of Police have been asked to utilize manpower within the zone depending upon the requirement.
“There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Kalaignar M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate.
“His condition is extremely critical and unstable,” Hospital Executive Director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in a bulletin on Tuesday.