NEET-UG: Over 2 dozen students detained during march to Parliament

NEET aspirants protest. [Photo: X/Shahzad Para]

New Delhi: More than two dozen students, including some members of the NSUI, were detained while protesting against NEET-UG irregularities and the cancellation of UGC-NET exams at Jantar Mantar on Monday.

The Congress-affiliated NSUI had organized a march to the Parliament on the first session day of the 18th Lok Sabha.

Students, carrying placards and NSUI flags, gathered in large numbers at Jantar Mantar for their ‘Chhatra Sansad Gherav’.

Prior to the protest, police barricaded the area to prevent the students from marching. Heavy deployment of Delhi police and paramilitary forces was made at the site.

According to protest visuals shared with the media, some students tried to breach the barricades, and a few climbed on the structure.

They were detained by the Delhi police and taken to various police stations as no permission was granted for the march, an officer said.

Amid calls for the cancellation of the NEET-UG exam held on May 5, the Union Education Ministry stated that the malpractices were “localized” or “isolated” and it would be unfair to jeopardize the careers of many candidates who rightfully passed the exam.

The CBI has filed an FIR regarding the alleged irregularities under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating), among others.

The UGC-NET-2024 exam, conducted by the NTA on June 18 in two shifts across the country, was postponed after the government indicated that the “integrity of the examination may have been compromised”.

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