Hyderabad: Several students held in protest at Kishan Reddy’s residence

Hyderabad Desk

Hyderabad: Several student activists were detained after they attempted to barge into Union minister for coal and mines G Kishan Reddy’s residence near Kacheguda on Saturday morning, June 22.

The students, led by NSUI state president Venkat Balmoor, held a protest and attempted to lay siege on the minister’s house after they were reportedly denied permission to meet the minister to discuss the ongoing issue of the alleged irregularities in the NEET (Undergraduate)-2024 examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The protesters have demanded NEET re-examination and judicial inquiry on the paper leakage. Detained leaders including NSUI Telangana president and MLC Venkat Balmoor, have been taken to Nallakunta police station.

After the release of NEET results on June 4, ten days ahead of the initial scheduled date, the country is witnessing public outrage against alleged irregularities in the exam conducted by NTA.

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