AIADMK claims 77 people died of shock and grief over Jayalalithaa's death

�77 persons have died of grief and shock after having to come to know of honourable Amma�s (Jayalalithaa) illness and death,� an AIADMK release said Wednesday night

AIADMK claims 77 people died of shock and grief over Jayalalithaa

At least 77 people died of grief and shock during Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s 75-day stay at Apollo Hospitals and her subsequent death on Monday night, AIADMK has said in a statement.

The party has announced a sum of Rs 3 lakh each to their families as relief. It also announced Rs 50,000 for a party functionary who allegedly attempted self-immolation and a similar amount to another person who cut his finger off following Jayalalithaas’s demise on Dec 5,

Hindustan Times reported.

“77 persons have died of grief and shock after having to come to know of honourable Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) illness and death,” an AIADMK release said Wednesday night.

However, reports have said that a central intelligence estimate has put the toll at 30 besides four suicide attempts. The AIADMK release did not specify whether the illness referred to her September 22 hospitalisation or the cardiac arrest she had suffered on December 4, a day before passing away.

The party also released the list of 77 dead persons, who hailed from different parts of the state.

Jayalalithaa breathed her last at 11.30 pm on Monday night, Apollo Hospitals said in a statement. She was admitted to the hospital on September 22, after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Tens of thousands attended the burial of the chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Around 10,000 police and army personnel guarded the procession as it moved towards Marina, a little less than two kilometres away, where she was laid to rest

Politicians cutting across party lines paid rich tributes to the AIADMK supremo, including DMK chief Karunanidhi. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their last respects to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall.