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Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa denied entry into Poes Garden House

AIADMK Amma camp sources, who were present at the residence, said Deepa made an unscheduled visit and wanted to garland a portrait of her late aunt kept in the front porch of the sprawling house.

Published: 11th June 2017 12:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2017 05:08 AM   |  A+A-

Late TN Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa s niece J Deepa comes out after visiting the Poes Garden residence of the former AIADMK chief on Sunday.(PTI)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Poes Garden witnessed a high drama on Sunday as Deepa Jayakumar,  tried to enter ‘Veda Nilayam’, the residence of her aunt the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, but was denied entry triggering tension and protests.

Deepa, who had been keeping a low profile after ambitiously floating her own outfit MGR Amma Deepa Peravai claiming rights to the late leader’s legacy, made a visit to Poes Garden taking everyone by surprise.

She fumed against those who barred her from entering the sprawling bungalow, where Jayalalithaa stayed till her end, and was unsparing against her brother Deepak. “I came here to garland my aunt’s portrait only after Deepak repeatedly called me over phone. But the people here did not permit me to step into the house,” she told reporters.

Deepa alleged that her husband Madhavan was assaulted by private guards employed at the residence. A video circulated on social media showed her pouring scorn against Deepak.

The late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar
speaking to reporters at Poes Garden in city on Sunday | Express

A large contingent of police personnel was deployed in the area immediately to defuse the situation.

Scores of supporters of Deepa gathered at Poes Garden and resorted to a stir protesting against deputy general secretary of AIADMK TTV Dhinakaran for denying entry to Jayalalithaa’s niece who said she would lodge a complaint with the police regarding the attack on her and husband Madhavan.

Later, they burnt an effigy of Dhinakaran near Deepa’s residence at T Nagar.

Journalists attacked
Two journalists belonging to a English news channel were allegedly attacked by private guards at Veda Nilayam when they tried to videograph the incidents.

Protesting against the attack and demanding immediate arrest of the assailants, scores of journalists resorted to a ‘road roko’. They gave up the stir only after top police officials assured them of action.

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