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Locals Tie Up, Thrash Tribal Man to Death for 'Theft' in Kerala's Palakkad; Click Selfies During Assault

Images uploaded on social media show locals clicking selfies and harassing the tribal man.


Updated:February 23, 2018, 11:50 AM IST

Palakkad: Three people have been taken into custody after a 27-year-old tribal man was thrashed, tied up and harassed in Kerala’s Palakkad on Thursday evening. The man died a few hours later.

A resident of Attappady’s Kadukumanna tribal hamlet, A Madhu, was accused by locals of stealing valuables from a house three days ago. The mob, which caught Madhu from a nearby forest, clicked pictures of the man and even took selfies while he was tied up.

Madhu was handed over to Agali police around 6 pm, two-and-a-half hours after he was caught.

Police officials claim the man collapsed and died inside the police jeep while they were taking him to the hospital.

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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the incident and wrote on Facebook, "The incident is highly condemnable. I have directed state police chief to take strong action against the accused. Such incidents are not suitable or acceptable in a modern society. This is a black mark on our state's social and cultural progress. Strong action needs to be taken to ensure that such incidents are not repeated."

Kerala SC/ST minister AK Balan has said that a special police team had been formed to investigate the matter.

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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