Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Kerala: 11 arrested for killing 'mentally unfit' tribal, 9 charged with murder

Kerala: 11 arrested for killing 'mentally unfit' tribal, 9 charged with murder

There was internal bleeding and he had broken ribs, the report said.

After facing severe criticism from the delegates on Friday, they both rushed to Thrissur Medical College on Saturday morning where the body of Madhu was kept for post-mortem.

The Police arrested 16 including Ubaid T U - the man who took that selfie. "Since the report indicated attack, eight accused will be charged with murder and other sections of the IPC", inspector general of police M R Ajith Kumar, who is heading the special investigation team, said. CPM MLAs A. Babu (Nenmara) and K. Vijaydas (Kongad) represented the party when the body was kept for the public to pay their last respects near the police station complex at Agali on Saturday afternoon. The photo posted on Kummanam's official Twitter handle was captioned: "En route Attappady Tribal Village".

Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram said a report has been sought from the state chief secretary over the death of Madhu, hailing from Attappady, one of the most backward tribal settlements in the state, on Thursday.

State Forest Minister P. Raju told media persons that he will look into the matter raised by Chandrika, and appropriate action would be taken against the offenders.

The State government has chose to provide an ex gratia of ₹10 lakh to the family of Madhu.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the chief secretary to hand over the amount to Madhu's family at the earliest. The people then handed him over to the police. Madhu, a mentally unfit tribal, was beaten brutally after being tied to a tree for alleged shoplifting. "Though forest jeep was there they refused to take him in the vehicle", she said, adding when he asked for water they refused it.

Madhu's sister had earlier alleged that all the help to attack Madhu was rendered by forest officials. The Opposition too observed " Hartal" at Mannarcaud taluk, under which Attappadi falls.

Kerala government announced Rs 10 Lakh ex-gratia to the family of the tribal youth who died after being beaten up by a mob in Palakkad's Attappadi on Thursday.

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