Hundreds of AIADMK supporters gathered outside the hospital, and got into altercations with the police.

Jayalalithaa cardiac arrest Situation tense at Apollo cadre create ruckus by breaching barricades
news Jayalalithaa's health Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 23:59

The situation around the Apollo Hospital in Chennai's Greams Road remained tense on Sunday evening, after Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest.

AIADMK party cadres who gathered at the hospital in hundreds, breached security barricades set up by the police and reached the main gate of the hospital.

The entire road was reportedly blocked, as hundreds took to the street.

The police erected several more barricades inside the main gate of the hospital to avoid further untoward incidents.

Following news of the cardiac arrest, the entire state of Tamil Nadu went on a high alert.

According to highly placed sources in the police department, the entire TN police force has been mobilized to prevent any untoward incident and maintain law and order.

Several key officers of TN government, ministers of the state and close aides of Jayalalithaa gathered at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao also returned to Chennai from Mumbai, and is expected to head to the Raj Bhavan or the Apollo Hospital.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda also spoke to hospital officials and enquired about Jayalalithaa's health.

President Pranab Mukherjee along with several other high profile political leaders tweeted and wished a speedy recovery for the  AIADMK supremo.

Meanwhile, Apollo Hospitals in a statement said, "Jayalalithaa is on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and is being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists."

The hospital also stated that Dr Richard Beale from London was consulted and he had "concurred with the line of treatment by out cardiologists & pulmonologists."


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