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India: AIADMK says 77 people died of grief over Jayalalithaa's death

The party said compensation of Rs 50,000 will also be given to the party member who tried to burn himself, and to the party member who cut off his finger.? Photograph: (AFP)

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Dec 08, 2016, 03.01 AM (IST)

Tamil Nadu state's ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party claimed Wednesday that 77 people died of grief over the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. 

"77 persons have died of grief and shock after having to come to know of honourable Amma's (Jayalalithaa) illness and death," the AIADMK said in a statement. 

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The party said compensation of Rs 3 lakh would be given to each to the families. 

Compensation of Rs 50,000 will also be given to the party member who tried to burn himself, and to the party member who cut off his finger. 

The AIADMK released a list of all 77 people. 

The PTI however reported that a "central intelligence estimate" put the death toll at 30, plus four suicide attempts. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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