Kerala: More than the mob violence and lynching, what has shocked the nation are thw photographs that emerged on social media, which were reportedly taken just before Madhu was attacked with sticks by the mob.
Madhu, A tribal man. On Thursday evening, Madhu, a 30-year-old tribal man from Kerala’s Attappadi region collapsed and died inside a police jeep as he was being taken to a Government Tribal Specialty Hospital at Kottathara.
Madhu had been handed over to the police by an irate mob that had attacked him, accusing him of theft. The turn of event on Thursday has elicited response from across the state after a perpetrator of the beating posted a selfie taken just minutes before the crime. Twitter had posts that said: “@CMOKerala… please take urgent action on this matter and bring the culprits in front of Justice.”
Speaking to the media here on Friday, Malli, mother of the slain youth Madhu, said: “It was yesterday (Thursday) evening that my son was beaten up by a group of people in the forest (near Attapadi-Agali) saying that he was a thief.
Then he was handed over to the police and soon he developed complications. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. He is not a thief, instead he was not of sound mind,” said the grieving mother. The entire episode was shot on a mobile and posted on social media.
It was only after actor-director Joy Mathew had posted the visuals on the social media that various political leaders, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the incident. The local tribal community are up in arms and have demanded that if the people behind the incident were not arrested, they would launch a protest.