Chennai: Illegal Banner Kills Girl, Madras High Court Order Draws Blank

New Delhi: A 23-year old girl lost her life after an illegal flex banner/hoarding that was erected on the median of a 200-feet radial road in Pallikaranai, Chennai for the family function of an AIADMK functionary, reportedly fell on the two-wheeler she was riding.

She subsequently lost balance and fell on the road when a water truck ran over her.

The deceased has been identified as Subhasree, a B.Tech student who aspired to go to Canada, and a resident of the nearby Choromepet locality. Images from the scene reveal that the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Photos from the vicinity of the accident spot reveal illegal banners, flags and flex hoardings of various sizes dotting the stretch.

Enraged netizens have taken to social media to question the authorities and demand action with the hashtag 'Who killed Subhasree?'.

The illegal banner culture has been rampant in Tamil Nadu, where banners and flagpoles are erected on footpaths, on the arterial stretches of the city and along medians. Predominantly, the banners or flagpoles are erected to welcome visiting political leaders, commemorate an occasion or to showcase a particular candidate's loyalty to his/her party leadership.

The practice has been going on across Tamil Nadu despite repeat warning by the Madras High court. In 2017, the court had banned hoardings and flex boards featuring living persons; however, the banner culture has continued to block pedestrian walkways and arterial roads unabated.

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