- Ragupathy Kandasamy died after hitting sign for AIADMK celebratiion
- Death sparks outrage, police said he was not wearing a helmet
- Opposition leaders, Kamal Haasan attack government for incident
The young engineer, who was to return to the US over the weekend, was not wearing a helmet, the police said. He planned to park his bike at a bus stand and take a bus to a temple.
Anger spilled over on social media and hours after the accident, someone painted "Who Killed Ragu?" in large, white lettering at the spot where Mr Ragupathy was killed.
A local legislator, Krishnan K, from the main opposition party DMK has filed a petition in the high court asking judges to order the removal of all hoardings in Coimbatore and wants action against government officials. He has also demanded that Mr Ragupathy's family be given compensation.
Another opposition party, PMK, has demanded that a case be filed against Chief Minister E Palaniswami.
The structure that Mr Ragupathy crashed into took up space on both sides and police investigators said he was thrown off his bike when it hit a portion that jutted well on to the road. Activists have alleged that the hoarding on Coimbatore's Avinashi road covered about 30 per cent of motorable area.
On Saturday, the Commissioner of the Coimbatore Corporation ordered the removal of hoardings, which had no permission, calling them illegal.
The state government and the AIADMK are celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of the party's founder and former chief minister MG Ramachandran or MGR on October 3.