An 18-year-old National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirant died by suicide in Beed district on Thursday, police said. A note, purportedly written by the boy and found near his body, said he feared losing out on a place in the merit list of the examination as the Supreme Court had stayed reservation for the Maratha community in educational institutions, police added.
Vivek Rahade, was found dead at his family’s farm in Ketura village Thursday morning, following which a case of accidental death was registered at Beed Rural police station, police said.
In the note, police said, Rahade claimed his parents were poor and hardworking farmers and that he had big ambitions in life. “I have recently appeared for the NEET medical exams. Since there is no longer reservation for Marathas, I did not score well in the exams. My parents cannot afford to enroll me in a private medical college. This is why I am ending my life. If the state government and central government now feel sympathy for Maratha students then I will not have died in vain,” the note purportedly read.
Soon after the news of Rahade’s death broke, NCP leader Parth Pawar, the grandnephew of party chief Sharad Pawar, tweeted: “Before a chain reaction of such unfortunate incident starts, Maratha leaders have to wake up & fight for this cause. Requesting Maha govt to step in to solve the crisis.”
Inputs: The Indian Express