NEET 2018: Father of TN student dies of heart attack in Kerala as son writes exam
The father of a Tamil Nadu youth who was writing the medical entrance exam in Kerala’s Ernakulam district died of heart attack on Sunday, said a hotel employee where the father-son had checked in a day earlier.
Hailing from Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu, Krishnaswamy and his son, Kasturi Mahalingam, checked into the Airlines Hotel on the morning of May 5.
“Our staff got an autorickshaw for the boy to reach the exam centre in the morning. Later, the father called the reception complaining of ill health and was taken to a hospital,” a hotel staffer said.
An official of City Hospital said: “Krishnaswamy came to the hospital around 8.20am and his sugar levels were high. He was conscious and oriented. Unfortunately, he collapsed soon after that. We could not revive him.”
The official said police were informed and later the body was handed over to the relatives.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said a solatium of Rs 3,00,000 would be paid to the family of Krishnaswamy. He said necessary arrangements had been made to bring back the body to his hometown.
MDMK leader Vaiko said around 5,600 students were made to write the medical entrance exam in states like Kerala and Rajasthan.