Kerala tribal lynching: Madhu's family slams Forest Department

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On Friday, the Kerala Police arrested two persons in connection with the alleged lynching of a tribal youth at Attappadi in Palakkad district. The post-mortem was conducted at the Thrissur Medical college. "A forest jeep and its driver had accompanied the locals to the cave under a rock were Madhu used to live, which was 3 km inside the forest".

"Our ministry has sought a report from the chief secretary about the incident and the action taken by the state government", the minister told a television channel.

Sixteen people accused in the murder case of a tribal youth in Kerala's Attappadi village have been arrested and charged with sections of murder on Saturday. Police have registered the case.

Madhu's sister had alleged that forest officials had helped the local people locate Madhu and beat him up. Madhu had informed the cops that he was assaulted by the mob. The state government also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim.

Madhu, who was attacked by the mob on Thursday evening, later succumbed to severe injuries in the head, ribs and chest. His mother, Mallika, and sister Chandrika told television channels that a group of almost 10-15 persons went to the forest and thrashed him.

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The lynching has triggered widespread protest across the state with many taking to social media to condemn the incident.

But, earlier Minister A K Balan had said that the allegation that forest officials provided help to kill Madhu was wrong and the attempt was to save the real culprits.

"When Madhu asked for water, he was teased and after giving a few drops they dropped the rest of the water on the ground to mock him", she added.

The opposition UDF and BJP have called a 12-hour shutdown in Mannarkad taluk on Saturday.

Tribal activists from across Kerala staged a protest this morning, blocking traffic at Attappady.

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