Hyderabad: 67 Die After YSR's Death, Bereaved Son Appeals for Patience


Hyderabad, Sep 4: More than 60 people across Andhra Pradesh have died of shock or committed suicide after the death of their chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, prompting his MP son Y.S. Jagannathan Reddy to appeal to his late father's admirers to be patient and brave.

"I appeal to all of you to be patient and be brave in this hour of tragedy. He (YSR) wanted to see a smile on the faces of all and if you resort to such things (suicide) this will hurt him," said Jaganmohan, trying to hard to control his tears.

"I request you not to commit suicide," said Jaganmohan, who was elected to Lok Sabha from Kadapa in recent elections and is being seen by many as the next chief minister.

The appeal before the camera was telecast on all Telugu television channels.

Telugu television channels estimated that 67 people died of shock on hearing the news of their leader's death in a horrific air crash Thursday or committed suicide, unable to bear the loss. Most of those who died of shock were watching news of YSR's death on television.

This is the first time in the state's history that such a large number of people have died over the death of any political leader.

YSR, as the late leader was popularly known, has surpassed in death the popularity of actor and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N.T. Rama Rao who died in 1996.

A large number of those who died of shock included young supporters of YSR and the beneficiaries of the various welfare schemes launched by him in the last five years. They suffered a cardiac arrest following the news of the chief minister's death in the helicopter crash.

The deaths were reported from 19 out of 23 districts in the state. In the coastal district of West Godavari, six people died of shock and four committed suicide.

"YSR dedicated his life to people, I am dedicating my life to him," a youth wrote in his suicide note before consuming pesticide.

A physically handicapped couple, who were getting monthly pension under a welfare scheme, attempted suicide by jumping into the Godavari river but were saved by fishermen.

In Hyderabad, 42-year-old Yadgiri died of shock while watching news of YSR's death on television. M. Srinivas, 30, suffered cardiac arrest.

The charred bodies of YSR and four others were found Friday morning in Nallamala forest in Kurnool district, almost 24 hours after their helicopter went missing.


Earlier Report:

Hyderabad: Death of Andhra CM - 30 Fans Die of Shock


Hyderabad, Sep 4: Shell-shocked by the sudden demise of their beloved leader Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, 30 people died in different parts of the state on Thursday.

In East Godavari, nine people died, while former minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao fainted on hearing the news. Seven died of heart attack and shock, while two hanged themselves unable to bear the grief. According to district police, N Yesubabu, 20, of Narendrapuram in Rajanagaram mandal and Achanta Ramakrishna, 48, of Nagaram in Mamidikuduru mandal committed suicide.

The heart attack victims were: Yerravarapu Raji, 40, a barber shop owner, in Mangaturthi village in Pithapuram mandal, Bonam Tulasiveni, 56, of K Yenugupalli village in Gannavaram mandal, Ramayanam Radhakrishna, 62, a panshop owner at Masjid Centre in Kakinada, Ch Satyanarayana, 45, of Telugodupalem in Tallarevu mandal, Anaparthi Sriramulu, 50, Marnidi Venkannadora, 50, of Tuni and Pothula Tirupati Reddy, 70, of Bikkaolu mandal.

B Padma, 44, a Rajiv Arogyasri beneficiary and a daily-wager from Vanamalla in Punganur of Chittoor, collapsed on hearing the news of YSR’s death at 10 am and died. Parvathamma, 22, from Kummaragunta village in Punganur mandal died of shock. An ardent fan of YSR and TV shop owner, N Raja Reddy, 52, died of cardiac arrest at Pileru as soon as he saw the news of YSR’s death on the TV. “The people around him tried to resuscitate him, but he died a hospital,” a relative said.


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  • Shridhara Achar, Puttur/ Bangalore

    Sat, Sep 05 2009

    There is a limit for idolising the leader. If it goes to the extreme limit mass hysteria strikes the followers, nay worshippers. No doubt Rajasekahra Reddy was a mass leader who has done some good job to help the common people particularly the farmers. But death to anyone is inevitable, including high and mighty. If we realise this truth then there is no scope for the grief to overwhelm us.

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  • Waltz, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 04 2009

    Is Ramalinga raju in the list ?

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  • Karun Joseph, Banglore Karnataka

    Fri, Sep 04 2009

    YSR was true leader of the nation..we have lost a dynamic leader may his soul rest in peace ..it will...

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  • ravi, kakinada

    Fri, Sep 04 2009

    he was a great leader of india. it is sad to ap people.

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  • rafeeq, dubai

    Fri, Sep 04 2009

    it is sad to here the new of YRS death in a tragic incident, he was an great leader and had so many schemes for the poorer of the poor, but each one has this day to see so commiting sucide is not an good thing, instead we should follow his principles

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  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney Australia

    Thu, Sep 03 2009

    What a shocking news! Very sad indeed! Never heard or read something like this before! Dr. Reddy was cut-out to be a great future politician leader even at the Central level as the Prime Minister of the country, and it is indeed sad that we lost him. Looks like Dr. Reddy was more popular political leader than anyone else in the history of Indian politics. So many shocking reactionary deaths, either accidental or otherwise, show how good a samaritan and a noble person that Dr. YSR Reddy was, specially for the poor peasants and the down trodden. The untimely death of their beloved leader came to them as a great shock and they simply could not bear it. May their souls rest in peace as well. I hope and pray the Government of Andhra Pradhesh will do something to take care of those families and mitigate their loss in this tragic instance, specially if those who lost their life were the bread winners of their families.

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  • naveen, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 03 2009

    May the soul of Samuel Rajshekar Reddy rest in peace. and may god give strength to his family and relatives to bear the loss. Now, a typical congress culture in which most of us grew up with is being played again.Populism,Corruption,nepotism,appeasement, death, emotional reaction,Hungry for power even before burial.. all bundled together. He is a shrewd politician who played his cards well and implemenetd various schemes , at the same time corrupt to the core. Bellary reddys, even though BJP, were safe from Congress Govt. because of his closeness to YSR.He has implemenetd schemes for poor , at the same time known for his appeasement of minortites resulting more than 50% of jobs etc went under reservation. Hyderabads terror cells has free run with YSR following ''You scratch my back, I will scratch urs'' policy. A true face of congress - corrupt, appease and emotional appeals.

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  • george borromeo, angelore, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 03 2009

    Western Country people are driven by left side of the brain, hence they act what the mind says, But eastern Country people are driven by right side of the brain, they act what their heart says,they are driven by their emotion. That is what my sales trainer said has come true. We worship our Leader,and make them as our hero idol.It is not our fault it is our nature.

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