With the situation in Chennai continuing to stay tense through Monday, a number of offices and schools in the city decided to shut early on Monday as a precautionary measure.
A high alert was issued by the police soon after it became known that CM Jayalalithaa had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. The entire police force was mobilised to contain any sort of untoward incident.
Anticipating that trouble may arise, some companies decided to close early. "I've just asked my team to go home," said Mahesh, a team leader of a company.
"My office is still working. But parents are calling my team girls and asking them to come home," said Ashwin who works at an IT company in Chennai.
Some schools in Chennai also reportedly asked parents to collect their wards early as a precautionary measure.
"My neighbour said her son's company just asked them to head back home. Itâ€™s the same with schools," said Thomas, a sound engineer.
â€śMany local schools in Purasawalkam have closed. SBOA cancelled all the extra classes... Reduced the school timing,â€ť said one parent whose child studies in SBOA school.
The US Consulate in Chennai also issued an advisory on Monday morning urging its citizens to be aware of the developments and be vigilant.
It cautioned that its citizens to review their personal security plans and avoid places of demonstrations in the wake of Sundayâ€™sdevelopments.
Sundayâ€™s announcement was a sudden turn, coming after a series of reports indicating that the Chief Minister was steadily improving, till even Saturday afternoon.
As news spread, thousands of supporters thronged Apollo Hospital with some of them breaking police barricade and reaching up to the main gate of the hospital.
Apollo Hospitals in a press statement on Monday afternoon said that the chief minister continued to remain very critical and was undergoing treatment.