16 arrested for killing

Virender Sehwag

Sixteen persons have been arrested in connection with the lynching to death of a tribal man for allegedly stealing articles from some shops in Palakkad district even as the Centre sought a report from the state over the incident.

The post-mortem was conducted at the Thrissur Medical College.

Madhu, who was said to be mentally unsound, was living in a cave in the forest for the past several months.

The incident took place on February 22, when a tribal man died after being beaten by a group of people in Palakkad's Attappadi village.

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Madhu was tied up and assaulted for hours in the forests near Palakkad over alleged shop-lifting. All the 16 accused have been arrested, the Palakkad district police chief said.

Madhu, 27, died in a police vehicle after being violently attacked by a mob that accused him of being involved in a minor theft. It said that there were injury marks in the chest and that ribs had been broken, obviously due to the torture Madhu had undergone.

Two images of him were shared by actor Joy Mathew on social media.

Meanwhile, the government announced Rs 10 lakh financial assistance to the family of the youth.

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The murder of tribal youth Madhu of Attappadi was a hot topic of discussion among the delegates of the CPM state conference here on Friday andSaturday.

His mother and sister told television channels that a group of almost 10-15 persons went to the forest and thrashed him.

"How were more than 15 people allowed to enter the area under the Bhavani forest range? asked Madhu's mother Malli. CM has given directions to the Chief Secretary to disburse the amount forthwith". The Congress-led UDF and BJP observed protest shutdown in Mannarkad constituency and taluk respectively on Saturday.

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

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