A 23-year-old woman was crushed to death near Kamakshi hospital in Pallikaranai Thursday after a hoarding erected on the divider fell on her. She was run over by a water tanker after she lost balance and fell on the road. The deceased was identified as Subhasri, a resident of Chrompet, who was returning home in the afternoon via the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road after writing an exam.
The illegal banners were installed on either side of the road and on the median by a former AIADMK councillor to announce his son’s wedding.
Subhasri was rushed to the nearby hospital where she was declared dead.
According to the police, the incident happened around 2.30 pm. The police said the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The body was sent to the Chrompet Government Hospital for postmortem.
St. Thomas Mount Traffic Investigation police has arrested the truck driver Manoj under section 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way, 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others), 304 A (Causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
In 2017, the Madras High Court passed an order banning hoardings of living persons and political parties along roads and pavements as it obstructs traffic and is an inconvenience to pedestrians.
Friday’s accident triggered social media outrage as people slammed the government and the police department for allowing AIADMK cadres to erect illegal hoardings.
DMK chief M K Stalin took to Twitter and held the AIADMK government responsible for the woman’s death. “Government’s negligence, the lack of responsibility by officials, the inefficiency of police have caused the death of Subasri,” he tweeted.
அரசின் அலட்சியம், அதிகாரிகளின் பொறுப்பின்மை, காவல்துறையினரின் கையாலாகாத்தனம் என, அனுமதியின்றி வைக்கப்பட்ட விளம்பரப் பலகை சுபஶ்ரீ என்பவரின் வாழ்க்கையைக் காவு வாங்கி இருக்கிறது. அவருக்கு என் இரங்கல்!
அதிகார மமதையால் நடைபெறும் அராஜகங்களுக்கு இன்னும் எத்தனை உயிர்களைப் பலி கொடுப்பது? https://t.co/nyNxhpGmkf
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) September 12, 2019
Meanwhile, activist Traffic Ramaswamy lodged a complaint with the Pallikaranai police station, urging the police to register a case against the police officer, Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) official and AIADMK members who were responsible for erecting the banners along the road.
This isn’t the first time an incident like this has happened in Tamil Nadu. In 2017, Ragupathy Kandasamy, a 30-year-old techie, died in a similar manner in Coimbatore after his motorcycle rammed into a temporary wooden hoarding set up on the road by the AIADMK cadres for MGR centenary celebrations. Officials later removed the banners following the accident.