Protests in TN After Student’s  Suicide; State Wants NEET Scrapped

Chennai: Scores of students and representatives of various political parties courted arrest across Tamil Nadu as widespread protests broke out today demanding justice to Anitha, who committed suicide yesterday after her medical aspirations were dashed due to introduction of NEET.

In several part of the State, students burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the interests of the State on the NEET issue and demanded that it should be abolished permanently in the State.

All shops and business establishments downed their shutters, as a bandh was observed in Ariyalur district to condemn the death of Anitha and as a mark of paying their respects to her.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, condoled her death and announced a solatium of Rs 7 lakh to the family of Anitha, and also promised government job for one of her family members according to their qualifications.

Members of several student organisations, including the SFI, DYFI, RYFI, political parties like VCK, CPI(M), Naam Tamizhar and women’s organisations hit the streets demanding abolition of NEET and slammed the Central government for going back on its promise to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET, that snuffed out the life of a young medico.

Traffic came to a grinding halt in several parts of Chennai city following the snap agitation launched by political parties and students’ movement.

CPI(M) State Secretary G. Ramakrishnan along with several of his party workers and members of students movement were arrested by the police when they staged a demonstration near the Buhari Hotel on the arterial Anna Salai.

Some of the workers tore portraits of the Prime Minister, which were also burnt by the protestors.

The workers squatted on the road and blocked traffic. Some of the agitators also slammed the BJP leaders, including Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman, for supporting NEET and for betraying the State after promising exemption for a year if an Ordinance was promulgated.