Coimbatore: Hardly months ago, 23-year-old Subhashree was killed as an illegal hoarding fell and threw her off her scooter, only to be run over by a water tanker in Chennai. Recently, another young woman riding her two-wheeler was severely injured in Coimbatore, as she tried to dodge a leaning AIADMK flag post. The woman fell off her bike, and a truck ran over both her legs.

According to police, Rajeshwari (31) was riding her two-wheeler at Avinashi Road, travelling to her work, when she noticed a broken AIADMK flagpole that was about to fall. “As she tried to dodge the flagpole, she skidded and fell off her bike and a truck that was passing by ran over her legs,” the police source said.

A relative of the victim mentioned that a series of flagpoles had been erected at the spot for the wedding of an AIADMK functionary. The police claim that they registered an FIR against the lorry driver for the accident under IPC section 297, 337, 338. Meanwhile, the officials added that those responsible for the flagpole had obtained prior permission from them.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, on Tuesday, said that there is no High Court direction against erecting flagpoles though there is a ban on the hoardings and banners.

It may be noted that Rajeshwari was the breadwinner of the family and is now hospitalised with grievous injuries. The entire crash is going viral, along with the victim’s picture, on social media sites.

Though there was a huge outcry when Subhashree was killed in a similar road crash, the party cadres continue to erect party flags. Meanwhile, DMK President MK Stalin, in a tweet, said that another young woman was a victim to AIADMK’s “obsession with publicity”. Singanallur DMK MLA Karthik visited Rajeshwari in the hospital.

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