Tribal man beaten to death

A 27-year-old tribal man was beaten to death by local people for allegedly stealing articles from some shops at Agali in Palakkad, police said.

The deceased, suspected to be mentally unsound, was identified as Madhu, hailing from Kadukumanna settlement of Attappady, one of the largest and backward tribal hamlets in the state.

The shabbily dressed man, who was living in the forest near Mukkali for some months, used to be seen wandering in the area, police said.

He was beaten up by the local people, who accused him of stealing articles from some shops in the town, and later handed him over to the police.

Some television channels aired visuals purportedly showing people taking selfies with Madhu with his hands tied up.

Though, the police tried to rush him to the nearby Agali government hospital, he vomited, collapsed and died in the jeep itself and was declared dead by the hospital, police said.


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