Madhu was tied up and assaulted for hours in the forests near Palakkad over alleged shop-lifting. Someone called the police around noon. When the 27-year-old was being taken away by the police, he vomited and collapsed. By the time he was taken to hospital around 5 pm, he was dead. A case of murder has been registered by the police after the post-mortem report.
Speaking to NDTV, Palakkad District Police Chief Prateesh Kumar said, "The postmortem report establishes that the death was caused due to the beating. Madhu had several internal injuries, as well as external injury marks on his body-mind including back and head."
The incident evoked mass outrage with many demanding quicker action against the attackers. The central government has sought a report from the state over the incident.
This is the third mob attack reported in Kerala in the past few weeks.
Last month, a mentally ill woman was beaten and tortured by three women in front of a crowd in Pallipuram. Her feet were burnt with an iron ladle. When a mobile video of the assault was circulated on social media, the police filed a case against the women.
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