New Delhi: Police have arrested AIADMK councillor C Jayagopal in Krishnagiri district, in connection with the death of a 23-year-old techie Subhashree in Chennai, after an illegal party banner fell on her on September 12, stated news agency ANI. Also Read - Chennai Techie Death Case: Former AIADMK Councillor C Jayagopal Named in FIR
The victim was crushed to death by a truck after the illegal hoarding of a political party in Tamil Nadu fell on her, causing her to lose balance and fall off her two-wheeler. As per reports, the hoarding was erected for the wedding of Jayagopal’s son, which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam. Also Read - Chennai Techie Death: Madras High Court Reprimands TN Govt, Orders Rs 5 Lakh Compensation For Family
This incident triggered widespread outrage across the state with people holding candlelight vigils in memory of the girl as well as in protest against the ruling AIADMK party.
Slamming the state government, DMK chief MK Stalin had tweeted, “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.” He further asked, “How many more lives will be lost to the power-hungry and anarchist rule?”
On September 13, the Madras High Court had asked the state government to pay an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of Subashree. The court further said that the money should be recovered from the officials who failed to prevent the illegal flex boards in the city.