The post-mortem report of the Adivasi youth, Madhu who was beaten to death by a mob at Attappady on Thursday for allegedly stealing rice, had suffered injuries from head to toes, including his internal organs, reveals the tale of a horrific lynching . There are injuries all over the body, including on the back of the head. A rib was broken due to the beating on his chest and he died due to heavy internal bleeding, said the forensic experts at Thrissur Medical College who conducted the post-mortem on Saturday morning. The team was led by head of the department Dr N.A. Balram. The funeral of Madhu was held at his tribal settlement, Chindakkayoor, at 7 pm on Saturday.
Sixteen persons have been slapped with murder charges, attempt to murder charges, forcible confinement, SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, Forest Act and other charges. 11 persons so far have been arrested. Mecheriyi Hussian, 50, of Pakkulam, owner of the grocery shop from where the tribal youth allegedly stole some rice and chili powder, is the first accused. Local IUML worker Ubaid Thottiyil, 25, of Mukkali, who is allegedly a close associate of Manarkkad MLA N. Shamsuddin, is also included in the list. Other accused are P. Shamsuddin (35), M. Jaijumon (45), K. Siddique (35), A.P. Abubaqer, P. Radhakrishnan (34), C. Abdul Karim (50), K. Anish (30), K. Marakkar Unyal (35), V. Najeeb (34).
More horrific details of the lynching has been emerged. The Deccan Chronicle reported on the collusion of the Kerala forest department officials in the lynching:
Two forest watchers and the driver of the forest department were present at the site of the crime when youth Madhu was thrashed by 16 persons in the Bhavani forest area under Silent Valley DFO on Thursday. This is as per the eyewitness accounts of several persons who made statements to the Agali police as well. Madhu’s sister Chandrika told the police that he was provided only a few drops of water when he pleaded for it as he lay dying.
“When my brother sought more water, the mob pulled back the water bottle and he begged for it by keeping his tongue out. It was forest driver Vinod along with the watchers who tipped off the accused about the presence of Madhu in the forest near a cave at Andiyilakkara on Thursday,” she said. Kudumbashree worker Sindusha said the youth was made to walk from the forest for over three kilometres to Mukkali junction.
“There were nearly 15 persons accompanying him who was forced to carry a heavy bag on his shoulders. A forest department jeep followed the crowd,” she said. However, the department here is yet to identify Vinod as there are two persons with the same name. No serious charges have been framed against the watcher as yet.