Supporters of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa flocked Bengaluru on Friday, a day ahead of her release from a city jail after the Supreme Court granted her bail in a corruption case, as authorities prepared for a huge turnout and massive traffic jams.
The Karnataka government made elaborate preparations, including readying a helipad near the jail to ensure a safe passage for the former Tamil Nadu chief minister.
However, the final decision of whether to travel by road or by air would be taken by Jayalalithaa, a senior police official told Hindustan Times.
Police imposed prohibitory orders in a one kilometre radius of the central jail in the city’s southern suburb and deployed an additional 1,000 personnel to maintain law and order.
“We are prohibiting assembling of five or more people one kilometre around the prison for security reasons and to prevent any untoward incident. The ban order will be in force till Jayalalithaa leaves the jail premises,” said joint commissioner of police Alok Kumar.
Hundreds of jubilant fans and AIADMK cadres in Bengaluru and from across the border in Hosur flocked to the jail area as the news of Jayalalithaa’s bail spread.
Supporters of the former TN chief minister distributed sweets and waited until evening on National Highway 7, two kilometres from the jail, to see their leader step out of jail.
But they will have to wait until Saturday as jail superintendent PM Jaisimha said his office had not received the original court order and he could not release Jayalalithaa until it received the official order.
(with agency inputs)