SC bans only violent NEET protests in TN, allows peaceful demos

A day after the suicide protests were held across Chennai on September 2 by many groups, including the Left parties and PMK.

S Anitha from Tamil Nadu’s backward Ariyalur district, who had unsuccessfully approached the top court opposing National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) based admission for the MBBS course, was found dead in her home last Friday. DMK and its allies- Congress and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) have sought an appointment with Rao on September 10, 2017.

He said the State and Central governments were trying to scuttle the issue, as was evident from the SC order, which okayed meetings in a peaceful manner, but law enforcing authorities tried to stop it.

Her suicide has spread a rage on the roads of Tamil Nadu as angry villagers surrounded her house in protest against the government who failed to get the state exempted from NEET and crushed the dreams of lakhs of students like Anitha.

Not only lawyers but students are also hitting the street, protesting against the NEET exam. Students have been actively protesting in Tiruvallore, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur.

He also urged DMK to take necessary action to bring a no confidence motion against the government in the assembly which the opposition parties would support.

As news of the SC order came, Stalin held a discussion with alliance leaders – R Mutharasan, G Ramakrishnan, Thirunavakarasar, Thol Thirumavalavan, Jawahirullah and Khader Mohideen, and made a decision to go ahead with the meeting. Jawahirullah said: “Tamil Nadu always encouraged students irrespective of their backgrounds”.

The public meeting was held after the city police revoked the permission given to hold it.

The order pointed out “that a peaceful protests or criticism or dissent is different from creating a law and order situation” and added that “every citizen… has a fundamental right to peacefully protest and demonstrate, but not to cause a situation that results in violence and paralyses the law and order situation”.

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