- Tribal man tied up, beaten for hours by more than a dozen people Thursday
- Police arrested 16 people, but Sehwag's tweet named only Muslim accused
- Called out on Twitter, he posted apology after hours
Madhu, a 27-year-old tribal man who was believed to have stolen something from a local shop, was tracked down to the forest in Palakkad district's Attapady area by more than a dozen people. They tied him up and beat him for hours. Some took selfies during the mob attack. Finally someone who saw them called the police and Madhu was taken to the hospital. But he died.
The mob violence was widely condemned. The centre's tribal affairs ministry asked Kerala government for a report and the state's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered 10 lakhs in compensation to his family. Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the "savage and cruel lynching of a tribal" deeply disturbing.
In between these voices of condemnation and shock came Virender Sehwag's tweet.
It was widely seen to be suggesting that this was a case of Muslims killing a Hindu.
Over the next eight hours, his tweet drew over 3,000 replies. Many questioned if he shouldn't have just looked at the horrifying crime just as it was rather than bring religion into it, some also called him out for selectively naming just three of them.
Mr Sehwag later apologised, for his prolonged silence as well as his initial remark.
That he hadn't accepted the mistake was his second fault, he tweeted.
"I apologise I missed out on more names involved in this crime," he said, adding that this happened because of incomplete information. "But the tweet is not communal at all. Killers r (are) divided by religion but united by a violent mentality. May there be peace," he said.
This wasn't a first for Sehwag.
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