Screengrabs of Jaya television's subsidiary channel Jaya Plus allegedly broadcasting a slide announcing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death kept social media buzzing through late Monday evening. The channel had earlier denied broadcasting any news on Jayalalithaa's death.
Regional channels in Tamil Nadu started broadcasting news on Jayalalithaa's death which led to confusion and minor incidents of violence. The incorrect newsbreak forced Apollo Hospital to issue a statement assuring continued treatment of J Jayalalithaa. The statement from Apollo rubbished reports of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's death.
Seems like the confusion started after JayaTV flashed abt Jayalalithaa's death once but removed it. They are now saying that she's critical.— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) December 5, 2016
Jaya TV, considered the official media representative for the AIADMK, is alleged to have flagged off rumours of Jayalalithaa's death; an accusation that the channel has denied vehemently. Within minutes, screen grabs of Jaya Plus broadcasting a slide announcing Jayalalithaa's death went viral putting the channel in a spot.