Chennai's prominent Social activist 'Traffic' Ramasamy dies

Chennai’s prominent Social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramasamy dies

Traffic Ramasamy was known across Tamil Nadu for his strict adhering to traffic rules.

Traffic Ramasamy

KR Ramasamy, known to Tamil Nadu as Traffic Ramasamy passed away at the age of 86 at Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital after being on life support and cardiac medicines.

Traffic Ramasamy was known across the State for his strict adhering to traffic rules and approaching courts while observing any form of violations and filing thousands of PILs.

During Jayalalitha’s regime, Traffic Ramasamy was attacked several times for trying to remove banners praising her illegally.

In 2015, Traffic Ramasamy contested in RK Nagar by-poll against former CM Jayalalitha acquiring 4,590 votes.

In 2019, Traffic Ramasamy, who was fighting illegal banner culture went head-on against the ruling government after a banner kept illegal on a road divider fell on Subashri, causing an accident that killed her. His PIL in Madras Highcourt drew the whole Nation’s interest towards the illegal banner culture thriving in Tamil Nadu and brought in several changes to the way authorities were handling such issues.

Inspired by his work, a biopic of the same name was directed in 2019 where Tamil Mega Star Vijay’s father SA Chandrasekar donned the role.

Traffic Ramasamy would be remembered as a simple, slim man carrying hundreds of PIL documents on both his shirt pockets and as the man who fought to make Chennai a better place to live.

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