J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jaikumar was not allowed to enter the residence of the former chief minister by the supporters of TTV Dhinakaran in Poes Garden on Sunday. Deepa said she had gone to Jayalalithaa’ residence after receiving an invitation from her brother Deepak Jaikumar.
Deepa alleged that she is being humiliated after being not allowed in the residence. She said that it seems that Deepak Jaikumar has cheated her after joining Sasikala camp.
Deepa alleged that Deepak conspired with Sasikala to kill her aunt Jayalalithaa. Deepa’s supporters also staged a protest for not being allowed to enter in residence. Deepa had floated her own party.
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.
Initially, Deepa was allowed to garland the portrait after which she wanted to enter the house, which was not permitted, they said.
"Suddenly, she wanted to enter the house to which we said we don't have the authority to allow. We also pointed to her that the house was locked and asked her to leave the premises," the sources said.
He (Deepak Jayakumar) called me at 5:30 am, asked me come to Poes Garden today, now you are not allowing me to go inside: Deepa Jayakumar pic.twitter.com/aFOh9RIYAC— ANI (@ANI_news) June 11, 2017
Incidentally, Deepa's brother Deepak was present in the house when she arrived. Deepa's supporters then staged a protest alleging that she was blocked by supporters of AIADMK Amma deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran when she tried to enter the house.
As the incident sparked a controversy, police presence was beefed up in the posh locality amidst allegations from a section of reporters that they were stopped from covering the visit of Deepa.
Amid mounting tension, police allowed only the residents of the locality and their vehicles to enter the area and barred outsiders, including media persons. The Poes Garden house was occupied by AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, close aide of Jayalalithaa, till she surrendered in a Bengaluru court in February to serve her term in the disproportionate wealth case.
Stopped frm entering Poes Garden,we are being humiliated,looks like Deepak Jayakumar hs cheated us by joining Sasikala camp: Deepa Jayakumar pic.twitter.com/x99M5mwNjA— ANI (@ANI_news) June 11, 2017
There have been demands from the rival O Panneerselvamcamp that the house be converted into a memorial.
The front portion of the house where Jayalalithaa used toreceive her supporters was thrown open to the public for sometime in the aftermath of her demise in December last. (With PTI Inputs)