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Dec 06 2016 (07:53)  Rumour leads to panic situation (www.thehindu.com)
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The rumour on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health condition led to panicky situation in Salem city and other parts of the district on Monday evening.
As soon as the news spread, people in both urban and rural areas rushed towards the markets and other shops to purchase vegetables, grocery items, milk etc.
Soon all the shops, both big and small, eateries, and petrol retail outlets downed the shutters in Salem city and other rural towns of Attur, Edappadi, Mettur, Omalur, Vazhappadi, Thammampatti, Panamarathupatti and also in the villages too.
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the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and private buses were soon off the road and the bus stands in all the towns wore a deserted look. This put the commuters to lot of hardship and they had to pay exorbitant fare for the share autos for reaching their destinations. Private buses did not ply to the hill station of Yercaud throughout the day.
In the absence of bus services, the Salem Railway Junction and Town Railway station, both in the city, witnessed heavy rush of commuters.
Though the TNSTC operated its services from Mettur to Mysuru / MM Hills as usual for the whole day, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) did not ply its services from Mysuru / MM Hills to Mettur for the whole day.
The police came to the rescue of the commuters stranded in the bus stand in Mettur town by arranging some buses in the late evening hours.
The AIADMK cadre in some centres such as Vazhappadi and Edappadi took out processions and forced the shop keepers to down the shutters.
Jayaraman (55), of Arisipalayam, a former secretary of the division No. 25 of Salem Corporation, died of heart attack unable to bear that Chief Minister is in a critical condition. He was listening to news in a television channel, when he suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to government hospital, where he was pronounced brought dead.
Meanwhile, five buses – TNSTC buses four and private bus 1 – suffered damages in the windscreen, when some miscreants pelted stones on them in Panjukalipatti and Tarapuram villages near Omalur.
Heavy police pickets have been posted in different parts of the district. Sanjay Kumar, Commissioner of Police and Nagarajan, DIG of Police and P. Rajan, Superintendent of Police, monitored the situation in the city and rural areas.
In Namakkal , as rumours spread about the health condition of the Chief Minister, panic prevailed among the public and shopkeepers downed their shutters by 7 p.m. Only petrol bunks remain opened as people waited in long queue to fill the fuel.
The bus stand witnessed huge crowds as people wanted to rush home before untoward incidents take place.
Mobile connectivity was disrupted from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and normalcy restored after that.
Many private schools were closed by 2 p.m. on Monday and students were sent home and holiday was declared on Tuesday.
As many as 800 police personnel, including nine DSPs and 17 inspectors of police were posted for security as Superintendent of Police S. Maheswaran monitored the situation. No untoward incidents took place till late evening.
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