QChennai: AIADMK Flagpole Causes Accident; Manual Scavenger Dies

Here is your round-up of the top stories from Chennai.

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N Rajeswari’s legs were crushed by a speeding truck when she fell off her scooter after an AIADMK flagpost erected on the side of the road tilted towards her.
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1. Woman’s Legs Crushed Trying to Avoid Tilting AIADMK Flag on Road

On Monday, former AIADMK councillor S Jayagopal, one of the main accused in the death of the 23-year-old techie Subhasri because of an illegal flex banner, was granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court. The same day, a woman’s legs were crushed by a speeding truck when she fell off her scooter after an AIADMK flagpost erected on the side of the road tilted towards her.

“The Coimbatore AIADMK flagpole-related accident hasn’t come to my knowledge yet,” said Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palaniswami. “There is no rule by the court that flagpoles should not be erected,” he added.

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2. Manual Scavenger Dies Trying to Save Brother from Septic Tank

A 25-year-old man died in Chennai at the Express Avenue mall after he entered a septic tank within the premises to rescue his brother. Representative image only.
A 25-year-old man died in Chennai at the Express Avenue mall after he entered a septic tank within the premises to rescue his brother. Representative image only.
(Photo: iStock)

A 25-year-old man died on Tuesday morning, 12 November, in Chennai at the Express Avenue Mall after he entered a septic tank within the premises to rescue his brother. He was part of a crew of manual scavengers employed by a private agency to carry out this illegal work.

According to the police, a man named Dhandapani had taken five men to Express Avenue Mall at 4am to clean the septic tank. Of the five, Ranjithkumar first entered the septic tank and was cleaning it when he fainted inside due to the poisonous gases. On seeing this, his brother Arunkumar, immediately jumped in to rescue him. Arunkumar managed to get in and push his brother out. But by then, he was affected by the toxic fumes and died.

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3. Chennai Metro Water Extends Deadline to Register Borewells to 25 November

 Lack of routine check by officials, not punishing negligent officers has killed several children stuck in borewells. The recent demise of Sujith in Trichy has urged the Chennai government to strictly monitor borewells.
Lack of routine check by officials, not punishing negligent officers has killed several children stuck in borewells. The recent demise of Sujith in Trichy has urged the Chennai government to strictly monitor borewells.
(Photo Courtesy: Aroop Mishra/ The Quint)

The Chennai Metro Water Board (CMWB) has extended the deadline for registering borewells to 25 November. Days after the death of Sujith Wilson, a two-year-old boy who fell into an open borewell near Tiruchi, the CMWB had set a deadline for registering borewells to 10 November as the last day for residents to submit all details pertaining to borewells in their houses.

So far the board has received 200 such applications and given more time so that everyone can register. Residents can either download the form from the metro water website or can apply through the online process by choosing 'Form XI' through the metro water official website. If there more than one borewell in a house, the one which is not in use will be converted into a rain water harvesting structure.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. 'She Would Be Alive If Potholes Were Closed', Says Chennai Man Who Lost Wife in Road Accident

On 26 October, Ramadoss was on his way to Cheyyar village on his scooter, with his wife Devi, to attend a family function. To avoid a deep crater on the road, Ramadoss swerved his scooter, and the couple came in front of a lorry. Devi came under the wheels of the lorry and died on the spot.

“Everything happened in a few seconds,” said Ramadoss , while recounting the incident. "The pothole was big and deep. I wanted to avoid falling into it. But I did not expect the lorry to come so close to us. It hit the scooter from the rear and she was thrown on the road. Before I could react, the lorry ran over her," said Ramadoss, holding back tears.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Attempt to Make ‘Extra- Intoxicating’ Ganja Gel in Chennai Kills One

A daring attempt to get extra intoxication by a five-member gang ended up killing one man and injuring another in Chennai. Though the incident happened on Thursday, it came to light only after the Nolambur police filed an FIR on Monday.

Five friends checked in to a lodge in Ayanambakkam on Sunday. Raja, a resident of Perungudi, is a cab driver in Perungudi while Vignesh, a resident of Mogappair, is a milk vendor. The men’s plan was to ‘prepare’ a drug-gel with ganja leaves for extra effect. They wanted to spread this gel on their cigarettes and smoke for extra intoxication.

(Source: The News Minute)

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