Coimbatore: A 35-year-old AIADMK activist, C. Rajnikant, consumed poison and ended his life anguished over the conviction of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa by a special court in Bengaluru in a corruption case.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a rash of protests, suicides and self-immolation bids to condemn the jailing of Jayalalithaa for allegedly amassing `66.65 crore of assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.
A die-hard fan of Amma, Rajinikant, a worker in an aluminium fabrication unit, was depressed after he heard the news of Jayalalithaa’s conviction. On Monday, when his family members had gone to take part in the protest against the court verdict at Gandhipuram, Rajnikant chose to stay back at home.
When the family returned to their house at Sathya Nagar in Poosaripalayam, they found Rajnikant lying unconscious. An empty pesticide bottle and a picture of Ms Jayalalithaa was lying nearby. Rajnikant was rushed to the Coimbatore medical college hospital. However, he did not respond to treatment and died on Tuesday morning.
“Rajnikant was very depressed ever since he heard the court verdict. In fact, our entire family of AIADMK members was sad after hearing the judgment. But Rajnikant was very emotional and decided to take his life,” said Rajnikant’s brother C. Kumar. Rajnikant did not leave behind a suicide note, said the police.
Shops closed, films suspended:
Screening of movies were suspended, several shops, restaurants remained closed in Coimbatore as a token of protest against the conviction of AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa. The ever-crowded shopping hubs like Oppanakkara Street, Cross Cut Road and Gandhipuram wore a deserted look as shops remained closed.
But most shops shut down during the day opened in the evening. The public, who came to do festival shopping during the day, returned disappointed. "Our shops will be kept open on Wednesday," said a trader.
Morning and afternoon film shows were suspended in theatres. However, buses plied as usual and private offices functioned without disruption....
Location: Tamil Nadu