Chennai | A 23-year old woman on Thursday was killed in Chennai after an illegal hoarding fell on her, following which she was hit by a water tanker.
Subashree, a software engineer, was travelling on her scooter on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road when a life-size illegal political hoarding fell on her, knocking her out.
In seconds, a tanker hit her scooter, injuring her on head.
The woman, who was her way back home from her office, was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, eyewitnesses said.
The hoarding was put up by a local AIADMK leader which showed pictures of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy, his deputy O Panneerselvam and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
“The hoardings are unauthorised. We are taking action against those who put them up,” said. C Maheswari, Joint Commissioner of Police of Chennai South region.
The driver of the tanker has been arrested. Chennai’s civic body has sealed the press that allegedly printed the hoarding.
The opposition DMK has slammed the state government and the police over the young woman’s death. “Illegal hoarding placed due to government apathy, irresponsibility of authorities and the police’s incompetence has taken away Subashree’s life. How many lives are to be sacrificed for these atrocities due to the arrogance of power,” DMK chief MK Stalin tweeted in Tamil.