Police said S Dhanush of Koolaiyur village near Mettur was apprehensive of clearing the exam. He had completed his Class 12 at a private school in Mettur in 2019. After two failed attempts, Dhanush was preparing hard with an aim to crack the exam for the third time. “Though he did not leave any suicide note, Dhanush had informed his friends, a day before the exam, that his dream of becoming a doctor may get shattered, if he couldn’t clear this time. The boy was under immense stress,” a police officer said.
The boy’s elder brother is an engineering graduate and his father Siva Kumar is a farmer. A post-mortem was performed at Mettur Government Hospital and the body handed over to the family. Police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the IPC. AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami visited the house of the deceased and offered his condolences. In a tweet, he accused the DMK of not fulfilling its poll promise of abolishing NEET. DMK’s youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin gave a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family.