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


The Kerala Police on Saturday confirmed that sixteen people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a "mentally unfit" tribal youth named Madhu.

Members of Adivasi organisations blocked the ambulance ferrying Madhu's body from Kottathara Tribal Hospital to Thrissur Medical College.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said a report had been sought from the Chief Secretary of Kerala on the death of the tribal youth.

A day after a tribal youth in Kerala was beaten to death by a mob over suspicion of stealing rice from a local store in Palakkad, the state government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for his family. A case of murder has been registered by the police after the post-mortem report. Many among the mob took selfies during the assault.

The body of Madhu, who was beaten to death by local people for alleged theft on Thursday, was laid to rest at the tribal burial ground near the Kadukumanna settlement at Chindakki in Attappady on Saturday evening.

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

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But, earlier Minister A K Balan had said that the allegation that forest officials provided help to kill Madhu was wrong and the attempt was to save the real culprits. "We are surprised how this group of people managed to go into the forest and beat him up", Chandrika said.

"When Madhu asked for water, he was teased and after giving a few drops they dropped the rest of the water on the ground to mock him", she added.

The opposition Congress and BJP observed "hartal" at Mannarcaud taluk, under which Attappady falls.

Meanwhile, police has also recommended district administration to take action against forest officials who failed to stop the people from entering the forest area.

Tribal activists staged a protest this morning, blocking traffic in Attapady.