Jaya’s condition remains grave; violence reported outside hospital

RSTV Bureau

According to the latest reports available, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s condition has turned ‘extremely grave’.  Violence broke out outside Apollo hospital in Chennai where AIADMK chief is admitted.

Reports suggested a clash between police forces and Amma’s supporters as angry mob threw stones at ambulances outside hospital.

“The situation is extremely grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event. She is being cared for by a highly expert multidisciplinary team, and is now on extra-corporal life support,” said Dr Richard Beale on Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa has been admitted for the past two months, also gave an update on her health.

The hospital had said that the 68-year-old AIADMK chief continued to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa was admitted over two months ago, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and were trying their “very best”.

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Tamil Nadu government deployed hundreds of state police personnel near Apollo Hospital in Chennai to control party men arriving in hordes after they received information about Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest.

AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. Photo-PTi

AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. Photo-PTi

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 AM.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobast duty until further orders,” it said.

All roads leading to the Apollo Hospital on Greams Lane have been blocked by Chennai traffic police to avoid any congestion. State police also increased security increased in Coimbatore and along Tamil Nadu borders with Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka in view of CM Jayalalithaa’s health condition. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has temporarily stopped bus services to Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Tamil Nadu’s in-charge Governor to stay put in Chennai and monitor security situation.  Centre has also assured Tamil Nadu police that they will additional security forces if required. “If Tamil Nadu requires help, we (Centre) are willing. The Union home ministry will put forces on standby, but we can’t intervene on our own: Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs,” said the MoS Home Affairs.

President Pranab Mukherjee, DMK leader M Karunanidhi, his son and opposition leader M.K Stalin, Union Ministers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers and a host of leaders have expressed concern over Jayalalithaa’s health condition and wished her speedy recovery.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.