When former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, the top brass of the state were worried about how her followers, party workers and supporters would react to the news. In fact, the Prime Minister’s Office was closely monitoring the situation ever since the late CM suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4. Nearing the announcement of her death late night, reportedly 20,000 cops were deployed across the city to ensure that the law and order situation did not go out of hand and the last rites would be carried out smoothly.
Due to exceptional work by the Chennai Police, who worked tirelessly for over very crucial 48 hours, Jayalalithaa’s funeral – which saw thousands of people in and around Rajaji Hall where her mortal remains were kept and Marina Beach where her she was finally put to rest – was carried out smoothly. Thanks to her larger-than-life persona, people were taken back to the time when her mentor MG Ramachandran passed away and at least 30 people ended their lives due to grief. Reportedly, 77 people have lost their lives after Jayalalithaa’s death as well.
However, the police took full control of the situation and made sure the last rites and her last journey was without a glitch. Even after Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains were taken from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach, police personnel stayed behind to make sure no supporter stayed back and lost control.
In fact, honouring their work, national daily The Hindu opened their canteen for the cops in Chennai who worked for hours at length and slept on the footpath if at all they got time. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and people in Chennai and across the country have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter to appreciate their work.
— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) December 6, 2016
If not these people, today’s situation would’ve been worse. TN Police _/\_
After hours of hectic work, they lie down to sleep on the roads. pic.twitter.com/KLpSWAvZeR
— Today Cinema Updates (@Today_Newsz) December 6, 2016
No words of praise will suffice for the way the Tamil Nadu Police handled the situation yesterday and today. Well done.
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) December 6, 2016
— Johnson PRO (@johnsoncinepro) December 6, 2016
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