A 22-year-old woman techie died after she was run over by a water tanker as she fell down on the road when an illegal hoarding put up by a ruling AIADMK functionary fell on her on Thursday in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai.

Even though the Madras High Court had banned hoardings in public places, an AIADMK party official C Jayagopal had put up the banner at the centre of the busy Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road.

Subashree, who was working in a software company, was returning home from office when the accident happened.

The banner had the images of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and others for a family wedding.

Panneersevlam had attended that wedding.

The opposition DMK has slammed AIADMK for its “carelessness, irresponsibility of the officials and the inability of the police”.

Expressing his condolence for Subashree’s death DMK President MK Stalin tweeted: “How many lives have to be sacrificed for such arrogance of power.”

Later on, Stalin warned his party members against putting up banners, flex, posters etc to advertise party-related events.

Only one or two party banners can be installed where the party’s public meetings and functions are held after getting due permission, he said adding that strict action will be taken against those who violate the order. He further said that he will not participate in such events.

DMK MLA E Karunanidhi demanded that enough compensation must be given to the family members of the victim.