Twenty-three-year-old Subhasri was riding her scooter in Pallikaranai, Chennai on Thursday when an illegal AIADMK banner came crashing down on her. In seconds, she was thrown on the road and a water tanker ran her over. The driver of the tanker has been arrested by the St Thomas Mount Traffic Investigation Police and investigation is underway.
What has enraged people more on social media is the illegal banner.
The banners were installed on either side and on the median by a former AIADMK councillor to announce his son’s wedding. However, there is no mention of the former councillor in the FIR.
Following uproar on social media, a few party functionaries took an oath to say no to banners and to not encourage their party workers to erect them.
Back in December 2017, US-based techie Raghu's motorbike rammed into a wooden structure set up by the AIADMK, resulting in him being run over by a truck.
Many citizens took to social media to slam the ruling party, with the hashtag #WhoKilledSubhashree.
AIADMK Spokesperson Kovai Sathyan took to Twitter to pledge he shall not erect banners or encourage the practice.
If you want change be the change. MK Gandhi. I take oath that I shall not put up banners(HV not done so in the past) and shall not encourage anyone to put up a banner that is against the law.#stopbannerculture@AIADMKOfficial@EPSTamilNadu@OfficeOfOPS@dhanyarajendranhttps://t.co/wPP2FMFYA1— Kovai Sathyan (@KovaiSathyan) September 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Dr Senthilkumar, DMK MP from Dharmapuri, also pledged to say #IAmAgainstHoardings.
count me in.??— Dr.Senthilkumar.S (@DrSenthil_MDRD) September 12, 2019
In 2017, the Madras High Court had issued an order banning banners of living persons and political parties, but parties in the state have continued to put up banners and hoardings in violation of the law.
Citizens said officials should boycott functions where there are huge hoardings erected and should also instruct their functionaries to say no to banners. Many also pointed out that movie stars too should stand up against erecting massive cutouts and banners.
When Raghu was killed, this was painted in the road in cbe and was erased. It didn't make any change. Now rather than trending #WhoKilledShubashree in twitter, what will happen if #WhoKilledShubashree trends in real world. Walls,roads, buildings, posters need not be plain anymore pic.twitter.com/CwW7CgMUNp— vignesh viswanathan (@vignesh7986) September 12, 2019
Politicians should stop hoardings.— சந்திரன் முத்து (@ChandruMuthu10) September 13, 2019
Cinema fans should stop hoardings in theatres and other places.
Families should stop hoardings in their functions.
Advertisers should stop hoardings.
Finally hoardings should be banned everywhere.#IamAgainstHoardings
To all arivujeevis who are discussing if subhasree was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, wear a helmet, and let someone throw a heavy object on you while you are driving, go under a lorry and apdiye poidu. Because you will also die. #WhoKilledShubashree— Shanjana Vakeeswaran (@shanjvakee) September 12, 2019
Then : #WhoKilledRaghu— Sunil kumar (@TweetsOfSunil) September 12, 2019
Now : #WhoKilledSubhaShree
Hashtags changed.. but the ppls didn't ?
#WhoKilledSubhasree— Dusky Tamizhachi (@JoshiRatsaschi) September 12, 2019
Despite multiple orders by the Madras HC to remove all banners/hoardings that block traffic flow and despite multiple loss of life caused by such obstructions, the AIADMK regime continues to promote its leaders through such banners!
How many more shd die?
#WhoKilledSubhasree let me guess - our soft handed judiciary system. Ride without helmet - Fine Rs. 1000. Kill someone by erecting illegal banner - get scolded and sent back home.#MurdererAIADMK— Contractor Hari Prasad S (@HariTVT) September 12, 2019
#WhoKilledSubhasree HC judgement has become joke for politicians n especially for the ruling government.. If the govt doesn’t follow HC order why the heck people should follow and pay useless fine??? Rule is for everybody.. This is murder someone should be punished!— Yogesh (@YogeshKD2228) September 12, 2019
I think this has to start with the people who put up huge hoardings for Gym membership, birthday party, weddings, etc.. politicians don't care. This problem is not new. Should see how the roads and footpaths are covered between Chennai Trade Centre and Porur. #WhoKilledSubhasree— Vishvaroop Patra (@vishvaroop) September 12, 2019
This issue has raised in the past too and is forgotten in a few days. What we could do is NOT to FORGET these isolated incidents. And don't vote for the political parties which do not stop this practice atleast by the next election. #SubhaSri#IAmAgainstHoardings— Maheish Sundhar (@maheishsundhar) September 13, 2019
Not only indian politicians , even the common man has to take oath.. this flux board culture is sickening me.. it's not only killing people.. these hoardings are made of polymers it takes years to degrade..and we are polluting the cities big time in the name of status.. https://t.co/Jb248CYWA2— kabilan subramanian (@kabil_an) September 12, 2019
When the govt can't provide proper infrastructure why should only the public pay the price. Penalise govt as well. What a sad tragedy! #WhoKilledSubhasree— spfjalutsuts (@gkautzfjb) September 12, 2019