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70-year-old man faints, dies at Jayalalithaa election rally venue

The man was rushed to a government hospital but was declared brought dead, police said, adding the cause of the death would be known only after post-mortem.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa at an election campaign for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls, in Tirunelveli on Thursday. (Source: PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa at an election campaign for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls, in Tirunelveli on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

A 70-year-old man died after collapsing while waiting at the venue of an election meeting here before it was addressed by AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday, police said.

Rajamani came to the meeting from Puliyankdiand village and was seated in the venue when he suddenly swooned around 3.30 pm, about an hour before Jayalalithaa arrived there.

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He was rushed to a government hospital but was declared brought dead, police said, adding the cause of the death would be known only after post-mortem.

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Jayalalithaa addressed the meeting around 4.30 pm. Rajamani is the latest to die at Jayalalithaa’s election meeting venue. Earlier, five persons had collapsed and died due to suspected heat stroke at various places, including Salem and Dharmapuri, last month.

Opposition parties had then accused the AIADMK of making people to wait under hot sun for hours resulting in such incidents and petitioned the National Human Rights Commission and the Election Commission.

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First published on: 12-05-2016 at 23:45 IST
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