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Jayalalithaa Critical: Bus services suspended security beefed up

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Jayalalithaa's condition stable

Chennai: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Monday temporarily stopped the bus services to Tamil Nadu after an incident of stone pelting on their bus near Tiruvannamalai.

Meanwhile, with the streets of Chennai thronging with anxious people as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa remains critical following a cardiac arrest, the state traffic police has blocked all roads lead to Apollo hospital where she is currently admitted to avoid traffic congestion.

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There is heavy police deployment outside the Apollo hospital. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is on high alert after Jayalalithaa suffered cardiac arrest last evening.

Security has been stepped up across the city to attend any eventuality and buses plying out of Chennai have been reduced tonight and security in the capital has been tightened.

“With all blessings she will come out of this situation, being treated by the medical team,” a Tamil actor told ANI.

Vasuki, supporter of AIADMK said, “Amma is our Rani of Jhansi, and has achieved what others cannot. All praying for her speedy recovery,”

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Earlier, Chief Operating Officer of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday evening and she is being treated and monitored by a team of experts and critical care specialists.

Apollo Hospital’s Joint Managing Director Sangita Reddy in a tweet last night said the Chief Minister is critical and a multi specialty team is trying everything possible.

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Security was beefed up on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.  Security at various places in Kerala including at the famed Sabarimala temple was hiked.  Kerala Police beefed up forces in the bordering districts like Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki and Palakkad.  The police also cordoned off certain areas in the famed Sabarimala temple located at a hilltop, using ropes to ensure that no untoward incidents occur.  A huge number of pilgrims from Tamil Nadu were coming to the temple for the two-month-long festival season that got underway in November.  The popular tourist destination of Thekkady in Idukki district that borders Kambam of Theni district in Tamil Nadu — the route most take from Tamil Nadu was also under close vigil.   Likewise at Munnar – another popular tourist and work destination of the Tamil people, was given extra security by the Kerala police.  Ever since reports surfaced on Sunday that Jayalalithaa’s condition deteriorated, Kerala authorities were monitoring the situation as things could get out of hand due to emotional outburst. (With inputs from IANS)

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