AIADMK has claimed a total of 77 persons died of grief and shock over the illness and subsequent death of its party supremo and chief minister J Jayalalithaa, and announced a sum of Rs 3 lakh each to their families as relief.
It also announced Rs 50,000 for a party functionary who allegedly attempted self-immolation and a similar amount to another person who cut his finger off following Jayalalithaas’s demise on December 5.
“77 persons have died of grief and shock after having to come to know of honourable Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) illness and death,” an AIADMK release said.
The party also released the list of 77 dead persons, who hailed from different parts of the state.
AIADMK expressed grief and sympathies with their families and announced a sum of Rs 3 lakh each as family welfare fund.
Meanwhile, several AIADMK activists tonsured their heads on the Marina beach where J. Jayalalithaa was buried in a bid to show their affection to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
“She was like a mother to me. It was Amma who christened my two children. We tonsure our head when we lose our mother, isn’t it?” A. Manoj, a young member of the ruling AIADMK, said.