Kerala

Walayar rape accused thrashed

Silent protest: School students taking out a march to express their solidarity with the Walayar victims, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. S. MAHINSHA

Silent protest: School students taking out a march to express their solidarity with the Walayar victims, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. S. MAHINSHA  

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The exoneration of Madhu and three other accused had triggered protests.

An accused in the sensational Walayar rape and death case of two minor siblings at Attappallam, near here, was thrashed on Saturday in public.

M. Madhu alias Kutty Madhu, 27, was attacked around 12 p.m. Police rescued him and admitted him to the Government General Hospital here.

Madhu, the third accused, along with three other accused, had been set free by the First Additional District Judge Muralee Krishna S., who was the POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) judge in Palakkad.

The exoneration of the accused, apparently owing to the failure of the police and the prosecution in the conduct of the case, had triggered protests.

Madhu’s mother alleged that the attackers were sangh parivar activists. 

Local people said it was the Hyderabad incident, in which four accused of rape and murder of a veterinarian were shot dead by the police in an alleged encounter on Friday morning, that triggered the attack. 

A group of men reportedly picked up a quarrel with Madhu when he came to the market at Attappallam. Some of the attackers allegedly screamed at him, saying he had no right to live. He turned angry when they called him a ‘rapist’. An altercation ensued and he was thrashed.

Hospital officials said there were no serious injuries on him. However, it would require further examination to ascertain if he had suffered any internal injuries.

Police said they were yet to identify the attackers. 

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