Fifteen days after an illegal banner erected by former AIADMK councillor Jayagopal for his son’s wedding in Chennai killed Subasri Ravi, he was arrested by Tamil Nadu police from a resort in Denkanikottai in Krishnagiri. The banner had blown away in the wind and fell on Subasri, throwing her and her bike off balance, resulting in a water tanker running over her. She died before she could reach hospital.
All these days, Jayagopal had been on the run. He had booked in two cases by the police, the first one for erecting banners without permission from the Chennai Corporation under Section 326 of the IPC and Section 3 of the Tamil Nadu Open Places Act. The second one was under Section 304 A for causing death by negligence.
Jayagopal was tracked after the police that was tracking his bank transactions, found he had used his debit card to pay for his bills at the resort, reports The Times of India. He was staying there with his wife though the room had been booked in the name of his friend.
But despite the public and media outrage, the police showed little urgency in nabbing him. The cops said they were told by his family that he was not at home and was in hospital. They just left a letter asking him to appear before the police at his home. His brother who is the person who monitored the erection of the illegal banners is still to be nabbed.
However, the police had displayed great speed in arresting Manoj, the driver of the water tanker that went over Subasri after she lost balance and fell off her two-wheeler. He was booked for rash driving, causing death by negligence and endangering life and personal safety of others. The Chennai corporation also sealed the Shanmuga Graphics office that had printed the hoarding.
While leaders like MK Stalin and Kamal Haasan had met Subasri’s parents, the AIADMK leadership of Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam was conspicuous by its silence. Filmstars like Vijay, Suriya and Dhanush also instructed their fans not to erect any illegal banners for film functions.