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CM visits bereaved family in Attappady

The family of Madhu has urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to bring to book those engaged in a slander campaign against the victim.

When the Chief Minister reached his residence at Kadukumanna, near Mukkali, on Friday morning, Madhu’s mother, Malli, and sisters Chadrika and Sarasu said the campaign had crossed all limits and spread falsehood about the youth, a mentally challenged person. The hate campaign was being carried out through WhatsApp and Facebook groups, allegedly operated by certain police officers and forest officials who connived with the violent mob that killed Madhu. Some fabricated CCTV images with scant resemblance of the youth were being spread claiming he was engaged in theft across the Mukkali-Thavalam-Attappady region.

The Chief Minister told the family that he would bring the issue to the notice of investigation officials and proper remedial measures would be taken. He told the family not to be carried away by the misinformation campaign carried out vested interests. The government would take action to ensure that no such incident took place in the State again, he added.

The family had also urged the Chief Minister to avoid a situation in which the accused obtained bail. “Granting or denying bail is the prerogative of courts. But the police and the prosecution would argue the case in such a way that the accused would not get bail. Justice would be ensured to Madhu,” Mr. Vijayan said.

Mr. Vijayan was accompanied by Health Minister K.K. Shylaja, M.B. Rajesh, MP, and N. Shamsudheen, MLA.

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