Following the death of a tribal man for allegedly stealing articles from some shops in Palakkad district, eleven persons have been arrested in connection with the case as the Centre sought a report from the state over the incident. The arrest was made after the post-mortem report revealed that the deceased Madhu had injuries on the head and bruises all over the body. The report also said that Madu suffered from internal bleeding and his ribs were also broken. The post-mortem was conducted at the Thrissur Medical College. “Eleven persons have been arrested in the case. Some more persons, suspected to be involved in the incident, are under custody and being interrogated,” Agali Deputy Superintendent of Police T K Subrahmanyan was quoted as saying by PTI.
Earlier in the day, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said a report has been sought from the state chief secretary over the tribal man’s death on Thursday. Oram said that the ministry has sought a report from the chief secretary about the incident and the action taken by the state government. The state government decided to provide a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the chief secretary to hand over the amount to Madhu’s family at the earliest. Vijayan described the incident as a ‘blot on Kerala’s progressive society’. Meanwhile, the opposition Congress and BJP observed “hartal” at Mannarcaud taluk, under which Attappady falls. Tribal activists staged a protest this morning, blocking traffic at Attappady.
Madhu was beaten to death by a group of persons for allegedly stealing food articles from some shops in the forest-fringe Agali town. Two images of him were shared by actor Joy Mathew on social media. In the first image, Madhu can be seen staring vacantly to the right, injury marks on his lips, his shirt wide open. Then, there’s a selfie taken by a man wearing spectacles, a half-smile on his face, Madhu in the background with another man, his hands tied with his own clothes.