A Kerala tribal youth was reportedly beaten to death by a mob in Kerala’s Palakkad district. The man passed away while he was being transported to a hospital by the police. Interestingly, a photo of this tribal youth with a man is going viral on the internet. In this selfie, clicked by the man, the tribal youth can be seen standing in the backdrop with his hands tied by a rope. The police has begun its investigation and is currently going through the photos and videos of the incident to nab the culprits.
The identity of the man who clicked the selfie hasn’t been revealed yet but the victim was identified as Madhu (27), a tribal youth from Attapady. He was reportedly handed over to the police on Thursday evening by a group of people who had beaten him on the suspicions of theft. According to the details provided by the police, Madhu lived in a forest and used to steal grocery like rice from nearby shops in the area.
Locals had complained about him in the past and a case was also registered at the Agali Police Station in 2016. He was reportedly caught by the mob on Thursday evening, tied up and was beaten with sticks. He was later handed over to the police at Mukkali junction and was transported in a jeep.
An official told The Indian Express that Madhu vomited on the way to the hospital and was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors. The official added that a case has been registered under section 174 CrPC against unknown persons.
“The post-mortem of the body will be conducted at the Thrissur Medical College and the report will reveal more about his injuries,” the official said. However, no arrests have been in connection with the case so far.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Welfare of SCs, STs and Backward Classes has promised strong action against the accused. He said that nobody has the right to beat to death another person or take the law into their hands.