Kerala tribal man lynched on suspicion of rice theft


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police have arrested two people in connection with the assault and death of a 27-year-old tribal man in Palakkad district’s Attappady region. The police had filed a case against 15 people on Thursday.

The residents of Agali town had accused the man A Madhu, who lived in the Kadukumanna tribal hamlet, of theft.

A group of people handed over Madhu to the Agali police after beating him with sticks. He reportedly collapsed and died in the police jeep while he was being taken to the Government Tribal Specialty Hospital in Kottathara.

“The people in the mob were all locals of Agali, not from outside,” Deputy Superintendent of Police N Subrahmaniyan told reporters. “But we cannot conclude that the death was caused by that. We can confirm the cause of death only after getting the postmortem report.”

Subrahmaniyan said that Madhu was suffering from a mental illness, and used to live in the forest and caves. At night, he used to reportedly steal rice from shops in the area and a theft case was pending against him at the Agali police station.

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