As Jayalalithaa remains critical, Chennai shops shut, people stock up on supplies
Even as doctors and specialists continue to monitor Jayalalithaa’s health, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s condition remains very critical. With a general feeling of tension spreading among Chennai’s residents, many Chennaites seem to be taking measures for any eventualities.
According to responses TNM received from people, residents of T Nagar, Anna Nagar, Chetpet seem to be stocking up om supplies like groceries and milk. Supplies have already run out in some places, like Vepery, Tharamani and Chromepet.
Shopkeepers are also downing shutters as a precautionary measure in Mint Street and Thiruvanmayur.
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Hema, 33, administrator of RM Jewellers, told TNM, "We do not have fear, the police is here to protect us. We will use whatever transport is available and go home. The store will be shut for two to three days. Already we are going through a cash problem. Last week we had no sales, so it doesn't make much difference if we are shut for a few more days."
In other places like Guindy and Thiruvanmayur, people with vehicles are thronging to petrol bunks and bus stops.
In some parts of Tamil Nadu outside Chennai as well, people seem to be taking precautionary measures as well. In Coimbatore, shops around Kovai Cross Cut Road and 100 Feet Road have also downed their shutters.
The precautionary measures evoke the memory of other events such as when Jayalalithaa was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. Earlier in 1987, Chennai had come to a standstill for three days when MGR passed away, with shops shut and transport services in a limbo. People appear to be gearing for disturbances again.