Kerala tribal youth's death: Government announces Rs 10 lakh compensation

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Kerala tribal youth's death: Government announces Rs 10 lakh compensation

Two days after Madhu, a tribal man from Kerala was beaten to death by a mob, the Kerala police have arrested all the 16 accused in the case.

"After being beaten up, Madhu was made to walk over four km with a heavy sack on his back", they alleged.

The lynching incident occurred at Attapady in Palakkad district on Thursday night after a mob accused Madhu of theft.

Post-mortem was conducted on the victim at Thrissur medical college hospital by a team of doctors and forensic experts and they said the victim suffered serious internal injuries in the attack that eventually led to his death.

Thrissur Range IG M R Ajith Kumar said cases under various IPC sections, including murder, and SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act would be registered against the accused.

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State Minister for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes A.K. Balan who hails from the same district said he will be visiting the tribal village in Agali on Sunday.

Madhu, who was said to be mentally unsound, was living in a cave in the forest for the past several months, his family said.

Ajithkumar, who is leading the probe, said that the post-mortem confirms the cause of death to be the injuries. His mother, Mallika, and sister Chandrika told television channels that a group of almost 10-15 persons went to the forest and thrashed him.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the incident, describing it as a "blot on Kerala's progressive society".

"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".

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However, state forest minister K Raju denied involvement of any forest official in the crime.

The opposition UDF and BJP have called a 12-hour shutdown in Mannarkad taluk on Saturday.

Meanwhile, deceased's sister Chandrika alleged that forest officials first spotted the cave where Madhu lived and they alerted local people about his presence there.

Tribal activists from across Kerala staged a protest this morning, blocking traffic at Attappady.

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