R Subhashree was on her two-wheeler when a hoarding installed by an AIADMK functionary in south Chennai fell on her. She lost her balance, fell on the road and was crushed to death by a water tanker.
Former AIADMK councilor Jayagopal was arrested for endangering Subhashree’s life and causing death by negligence.
And Now, Veteran AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan said on Saturday the wind should be booked in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman engineer who died after a hoarding fell on her in Chennai in September.
While speaking to a Tamil channel, Ponnaiyan said,
“Jayagopal, who had kept the banner ahead of his family marriage function, had not pulled it on Subhashree. So, it is inappropriate to file an FIR against him. It was the wind flow which tumbled the banner. If at all a case has to be filed, it has to be filed against the wind.”
The former minister’s statement has received a lot of backlash from the people.
Saravanan Annadurai, DMK spokesperson said that the statement shows the insensitivity of AIADMK leaders. Ponnaiyan, however, said while speaking to HT that his statement was misinterpreted.
“I was trying to say that the hoarding was not erected to kill someone. The intention behind erecting the banner was to give simple publicity to the function. Then how come a case could be booked against Jayagopal despite that the fact that he had no intention to kill the woman,” was Ponnaiyan‘s statement.
Madras high court has lashed out at the AIADMK government for not controlling the erection of illegal banners across the state. Following the high court’s charge, major political parties including the DMK, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) have urged their party workers not to erect banners.