Trouble as Sun TV, local channel says Jayalalithaa dead; Apollo denies

Jayalalitha

Chennai, Dec 5:  Trouble erupted outside the Apollo Hospitals here on Monday after Sun TV reported that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa was dead. The hospital denied the Sun TV report.

As the Sun TV report spread outside the hospital where thousands were gathered, some AIADMK supporters tried to break into the complex and were pushed back by police.

Many others simply broke down, unable to check their emotions. There were loud cries of “Amma, Amma!”

The Apollo Hospitals hurriedly denied the Sun TV report.

“A large number of doctors from Apollo and AIIMS continue to provide all life-saving measures,” a tweet from Sangita Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, said.

Doctors at the Apollo hospital said Jayalalithaa, 68, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was in very critical condition.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is still alive, Apollo Hospitals said on Monday, after a TV report about her death sparked trouble and mass frenzy outside the hospital.

“They are advised to rectify this mistake based on this press release.” Apollo said that Jayalalithaa, 68, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, “continues to be on life support at the hospital”.

A large number of doctors from Apollo and AIIMS continue to provide all life-saving measures, Sangita Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, had tweeted earlier.

But before the clarification came, a Sun TV report that Jayalalithaa was no more triggered frenzy both outside the hospital, where thousands had gathered since Sunday evening and at the AIADMK headquarters.

A group of emotionally charged AIADMK activists tried to barge into the hospital after breaking the police barricades but were pushed back by the police.

Many others simply broke down, unable to check their emotions. There were loud cries of “Amma, Amma!”

At the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, the party flag was brought down to half-mast. It was restored to its original position once the Apollo statement came.

Press release- jayalalitha

Inside, hundreds of people wept on hearing the Sun TV report. “How can you leave us?” cried one man.

Apollo has said that Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to the hospital in September, was in very critical condition.

 

 

IANS

 

 

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