The government of Kerala has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the tribal youth who was murdered by the mob on the suspicion of theft. The deceased man was identified as Madhu who was brutally lynched in Palakkad’s Attappadi on the suspicion of stealing food. On Saturday, CMO Kerala on Twitter informed about the ex gratia given to his family and said that CM Pinarayi Vijayan has given directions to the Chief Secretary to disburse the amount at the earliest. “The Government of Kerala has announced ₹10 lakhs for the family of the tribal youth, Madhu, who was killed in a mob attack in Palakkad. CM has given directions to the Chief Secretary to disburse the amount forthwith,” the tweet said.
Meanwhile, the Centre today sought a report from the Kerala government over the incident. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said a report has been sought from the state chief secretary over the death of the man, hailing from Attappady, one of the most backward tribal settlements in the state.
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The incident surfaced when two photos went viral on Facebook. It drew a lot of criticism on social media. Two photos, one in which Madhu was seen staring vacantly to the right, with injury marks on his lips and his shirt wide open, while, in another photo, he could be seen in the background with another man, with his hands tied with his own clothes. It was a selfie taken by a man wearing spectacles who could be seen smiling. Following the death of a Kerala tribal youth, police on Friday took 10 persons in custody for questioning, including Ubaid TU – the man who took the selfie that went viral.
Apart from this, the police also named seven local residents in an FIR based on Madhu’s testimony before his death. Madhu was brutally lynched in Palakkad’s Attappadi on the suspicion of stealing food. He had reportedly died hours after that image was taken. He vomited inside a police jeep on his way to a local hospital. He succumbed to injuries sustained during the assault by the mob.