NEET: TN student’s father dies in Kerala, strict checks at exam halls

A 46-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, who accompanied his son to Kerala for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, (NEET) died of possible heart attack on Sunday as the aspiring doctor wrote the examination.
Krishnasamy and his son, Kasthuri Mahalingam, reached Ernakulam on Saturday and stayed in a lodge. As Krishnasamy felt chest pain and was not well, the lodge owner, who is said to be their relative, dropped Mahalingam at the exam centre – Nalanda Public School.
By the time the relative returned to the room, Krishnaswamy’s health condition had worsened. He was taken to a private hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami conveyed his condolence to the kin of the deceased and announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh from the CM’s Public Relief Fund.
Over 13 lakh candidates appeared for the national medical entrance exam NEET on Sunday at 2,225 centres across the country with authorities conducting stringent checks on dress code to avoid any malpractice during the examination.
A strict dress code, banning wallets, goggles, handbags, belt, cap and ornaments, pendants was put in place. Girls were asked not tie their hair and even asked to remove their anklets.