Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Sunday alleged that her brother Deepak invited her to Poes Garden in order to kill her so that he can stake claim of Veda Nilayam, the residence of "Amma".
Deepa leveled the allegation after high drama at the Poes Garden bungalow, where she reached this morning claiming that after Jayalalithaa's passing away, the house belonged to her.
Sources say that Deepak had arrived at Veda Nilayam to pay tribute to Jayalalithaa on Sunday, as it is considered an auspicious day. The situation turned chaotic after private security inside the Poes Garden residence allegedly roughed up and injured a reporter and a cameraman working with a private English news channel. "However, few goons in the house beaten me and forcibly sent me out", Deepa said.
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Deepa's husband Madhavan also made an appearance and the couple claimed there was a threat to their lives from what they called "musclemen" employed by Ms Sasikala. "They did it for the money", she said.Without provocation, or a follow up question, Deepa launched into the Edappadi K Palaniswami government questioning its legitimacy.
'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". "But she created the problem".
"Anything as brother and sister we wanted to enter the house together. I will meet the Prime Minister", she said.
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"I was stopped from entering the house".
Heavy police has been deployed outside the garden to avoid any untoward incident.
Tension gripped the posh area following the developments, prompting police to beef up security.
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The Poes Garden house was occupied by AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, a close aide of Jayalalithaa, till she surrendered in a Bengaluru court in February to serve her term in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case. Even the rebel AIADMK group leader O Panneerselvam also demanding that the residence of Jayalalithaa has be converted into a memorial.