The Chennai Police today warned rumour mongers of action against spreading falsehood on social media over an anti-NEET protest. “Rumours are being spread through social media like Facebook and mobile applications such as WhatsApp that a protest demanding the withdrawal of NEET (National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test)will commence at the Marina here from midnight of September three. “People and students are requested not to believe in these,” a City Police release said.
According to City Police rules, protests in the city were being regulated and as such there was no permission to hold any agitations at Marina Beach, it said. It was “illegal” to hold protests and agitations at Marina and action will be taken against those indulging in such activities, it said. “Police Commissioner (A K Viswanathan) has warned that action will be taken against those spreading wrong messages, sending invitations on social media saying a protest is going to happen (on NEET),” it said.
The police warning came in the wake of the city, besides other parts of the state, witnessing protests and road blockades earlier in the day over the suicide of a 17-year-old Dalit girl from Ariyalur, Anitha, over the NEET issue. She had allegedly committed suicide after coming to know that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the NEET ambit.