Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Arrested For Assault And Murder Of Kerala Tribal Man

Arrested For Assault And Murder Of Kerala Tribal Man

Eight persons were charged with murder by the Kerala police on Saturday for allegedly lynching a tribal youth even as the Centre sought a report from the state government on the incident.

Members of Adivasi organisations blocked the ambulance ferrying Madhu's body from Kottathara Tribal Hospital to Thrissur Medical College. Although the mob later called the local police, Madhu vomited and fell unconscious while he was being taken to the police station.

The family members of tribal youth Madhu, who was beaten to death in Attappadi on the charge of stealing food, have criticised the role of the forest department. The people not only thrashed him badly also took selfies before his death.

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The police has registered a case of murder and has made nine more arrests, taking the total number of arrests to 11. The central government has sought a report from the state over the incident.

The body of Madhu, who was beaten to death by local people for alleged theft on Thursday, was laid to rest at the tribal burial ground near the Kadukumanna settlement at Chindakki in Attappady on Saturday evening.

The state government chose to provide a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family. "CM has given directions to the Chief Secretary to disburse the amount forthwith". The people then handed him over to the police. "Though forest jeep was there they refused to take him in the vehicle", she said, adding when he asked for water they refused it.

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Tribal and human rights activists staged protests in various parts of the state after photos and visuals of the fatal attack went viral on social media besides being telecast by TV channels.

To protest against the brutal attack, the Opposition Congress and BJP are observing a "hartal" at Mannarcaud taluk, under which Attappady falls.

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