Chennai, Sep 6: An anonymous letter threatening that a bomb would go off at Tamil Nadu railway station premises every month till ‘the NEET exam is withdrawn by the government’. The letter was received by a senior railway official, police said. The letter didn’t elaborate much on it.
Anti-NEET protests have been going on in Tamil Nadu for last few days after 17-year-old medical aspirant Anitha, who led a campaign against National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams, committed suicide. Dalit girl Anitha hung herself at her residence in Ariyalur on September 1, a week after the Centre declared that the state of Tamil Nadu cannot be exempted from NEET. Anitha was reportedly upset after as failed to get a medical seat after NEET was made compulsory, the reports said.
Anitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in her class 12 board exams. Although the marks were enough to get her a seat in one of the medical colleges, she got upset after learning that she would have to sit again for NEET to be eligible.
A day after Anitha’s suicide, members of Naam Tamilar Katchi and Students’ Federation of India members staged a protest at Chennai’s Mount Road over her death. AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran on Tuesday announced an agitation in the matter to protect social justice. (Also Read: What Wrong Had She Done, Asks Father; Protesters in Chennai Demand Scrapping of NEET)
Dinakaran said that the students’ wing of the AIADMK would hold a protest on September 9. He also urged the volunteers to participate in large numbers. “The NEET, which is taking away the rights of the poor people in the rural areas and affecting their dreams of getting admitted into a medical college, should be scrapped. Amma (late chief minister J Jayalalithaa) was determined about this,” Dhinakaran said, reported The Hindu.
He added that since Jayalalithaa’s demise, the state of Tamil Nadu has been witnessing every right of it being compromised.