PALAKKAD: It is a proud moment for Kerala Police. They rose to the occasion and arrested all 16 accused in the murder of tribal youth Madhu at Agali within a very span of short time.
After the news went viral on the social media and became a blot on enlightened Kerala, the government had tasked a special team under Thrissur range IG M R Ajith Kumar to nab all the culprits immediately.
And Ajith Kumar did it within 24 hours after taking charge as the range IG with the able help from Palakkad SP and his team.
The special team under SP trapped all accused in lightning raids in the forests and nearby areas. The cops arrested 16 persons, including those who led the team of miscreants.
Now, the investigation team plans to produce them before the court and take them into custody for further questioning.
The cops also plan to take action against forest officials who had helped the accused.
Madhu was lynched by a mob of locals alleging that he had stolen rice from a nearby shop.
It was necessary for the state and also for all Keralites to arrest the accused as it defamed the state.
Even national media too played up this barbaric act from the state.
Though this kind of incidents is common in north India, it was rare in the state. So the state government and the police took it as a serious issue and wanted to nip it in the bud itself.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan himself has asked the DGP Lokanath Behera to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
Range IG camped in Attappadi and supervised the investigation.