In Tamil Nadu, thousands of people were arrested yesterday for staging protests across the state over the death of the student Anita on the NEET issue.
The student who passed Plus-Two public examinations with very high score failed to secure enough marks in NEET that was made mandatory for medical admissions.
The Dalit student from a very poor family waged an unsuccessful legal battle in Supreme Court against NEET. Dejected over her inability to get admission for MBBS, she allegedly took her life on Friday.
The student’s death provoked protests and demonstrations all over the state. In Chennai, people gave calls for Jallikattu-type of agitations against the NEET through social media.
In about 150 places, minor incidents of road blockades were held and those involved in the demonstrations were arrested.
The Chennai Police has clarified that the Marina Beach in the city is not a designated place for any agitations and those who gather there with the intention to stage protests will be subjected to legal action.
In other parts of Tamil Nadu, reports suggest that about 7000 people have been arrested for holding demonstrations against the Centre and the State Governments over NEET.
Security has been tightened for the chief minister’s residence, Fort St George housing the Secretariat and the BJP Office. Marina Beach has also been brought under intense vigil by the police. In the student Anita’s native district of Ariyalur, all shops were closed yesterday.
The BJP state leader Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan told reporters in Chennai yesterday that students should be given counselling, adding, NEET is a nationwide phenomenon, as mandated by the apex court. Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan has expressed his deep condolences over Anita death.