In the last three days, at least 17 people have reportedly either committed suicide or died of shock due to the conviction of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa. A Bangalore special court had sentenced the former CM in the Rs 66.05 crore disproportionate asset case on Saturday. A senior police officer, who refused to confirm the 17 deaths, said at least eight people had committed suicide allegedly due to Jayalalithaa’s conviction. “Deaths due to cardiac arrest are also being attributed to Jayalalithaa’s imprisonment as the deceased were party sympathisers or local leaders from different parts of Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Those who committed suicide include: AIADMK sympathiser from Sivagangai, Subramanaian (70), who consumed poison on Saturday evening; 21-year-old Joshna Jhonsha who hanged herself after the verdict; Nallayirum (48), who threw himself in front of a speeding bus near Tirunelveli during a protest after the verdict; Venkitesan, a party sympathiser in Chennai city who set himself on fire and N Babu (50), an AIADMK functionary, who hanged himself at his residence in Kancheepuram. More suicides allegedly due to the verdict are being reported.
At least 10 reported deaths of AIADMK sympathisers, the police believe, may be related to the conviction of Jayalalithaa. These deaths, reportedly, took place either after the deceased watched the news of her conviction on television or while taking part in the protests. According to police, 10 deaths of party sympathisers have been reported from Virudhu Nagar, Karur, Tiruvannamalai, Pudukottai, Dindigul, Erode, Thanjavur and Salem.