- Temple in Kerala will not hold prayers for 2 days in memory of MV Shabeer
- MV Shabeer was lynched to death by 4 men in Thiruvananthapuram last week
- Incident had been filmed by an eyewitness. All accused have been arrested
The video of four men beating him with sticks on Sunday near the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram was reported on national channels. The police described it as gang warfare at the time. Mr Shabeer, in his early 20s, was rushed to hospital by passersby; he died there of his injuries. The video of his vicious assault was filmed by a man who reportedly said he did not feel safe trying to help Mr Shabeer and decided instead to record the evidence.
It turns out Mr Shabeer was a regular contributor in organizing an annual prayer festival at a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. "On Monday and Tuesday, the Shiva temple's office-bearers decided not to blow the conch or ring the bell as a mark of respect for Shabeer. The temple, which holds five pujas a day, did not offer them on those two days after the morning 'darshan''', reports The Indian Express.
The men who assaulted him have been arrested.