Last night after 12 am, Apollo declared that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi Jayalalithaa passed away in the late hours of the previous day. The news spread across the country within seconds about Amma's death and the city started to mourn.
Many who speculated the announcement were either at homes (for safety reasons) glued to TV screens or outside the hospital. All television news channels broadcasted live coverage of Amma's body being taken to Pose Garden, her residence in Chennai.
However, the situation at Rajaji Hall, where people went to pay their tributes to Jayalalithaa, saw a very different picture. People from across the state came to see Amma for the last time.
The security was tight with at least one police officer at every step in 3 kilometers radius of Rajaji Hall. Moreover, spread in batches across the city to avoid any act of violence. There were paramilitary forces to ensure the security of guests and people.