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Tamil Nadu: Anti-Neet protest near Jayalalithaa’s memorial

At least 27 members of the Students Federation of India were arrested by the police after they sat on a protest against NEET at former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s memorial at the Marina beach  on Wednesday.

The students entered into the memorial in the guise of paying respects to the leader and sat on protest, sources said.

Protests were held at several parts of the city demanding justice for the medical aspirant Anitha, who committed suicide in Ariyalur last Friday.

Anitha’s death triggered a series of protests across the state with political parties, student groups raising voices against the central government for pushing Neet.

The protestors raised slogans against the ruling state government.

“Today, it is Anitha. Tomorrow, it can be another student,” the students said as police personnel took them away from the memorial. 

Police had cordoned off the service roads leading to Marina beach to prevent another pro-jallikattu protest to be replicated.

The arrested students were booked under section 151.

They were detained in a community hall and let off in the evening.

At least 60 others were detained and let off in the evening in protests held in other parts of the city, police said.


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