Kerala mob lynching: 8 charged with murder, Centre seeks report

25 February, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Kerala govt sets up magisterial-level probe into Attappadi mob lynching

Kerala Police is cracking down heavily on those accused in the death of 27-year-old "mentally unfit" tribal man, who was attacked in the forest near Palakkad for alleged theft. The Adivasis, who had blocked the ambulance carrying Madhu's body at Mukkali as it arrived there after postmortem at the Medical College Hospital in Thrissur, withdrew from it only after they were convinced that all the accused had been arrested. Although the mob later called the local police, Madhu vomited and fell unconscious while he was being taken to the police station.

Sixteen people accused in the murder case of a tribal youth in Kerala's Attappadi village have been arrested and charged with sections of murder on Saturday. Many among the mob took selfies during the assault. The case the police had registered on Friday over the incident was for unnatural death. He suffered severe injuries to his head, ribs and chest. The central government has sought a report from the state over the incident.

His mother and sister told television channels that a group of almost 10-15 persons went to the forest and thrashed him. The state government also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the chief secretary to hand over the amount to Madhu's family at the earliest.

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To protest against the brutal attack, the Opposition Congress and BJP are observing a "hartal" at Mannarcaud taluk, under which Attappady falls. When he asked for water, he was mocked at, they alleged, quoting eye-witnesses.

Meanwhile, deceased's sister Chandrika alleged that forest officials first spotted the cave where Madhu lived and they alerted local people about his presence there.

Tribal activists from across Kerala staged a protest this morning, blocking traffic at Attappady.

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