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Commission orders probe on lynching incident

- June 13, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, June 13, BPNS

A probe has been ordered by the State Human Rights Commission on the incident in which a 50-year-old man got allegedly lynched. The man, Chandran, got attacked on May 28 on charges of stealing kitchenware from a house at Perunguzhy near Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram. He had breathed his last in the early hours of June 12 at Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College Hospital.  

The commission, which took suo motto cognizance about the incident from media reports, has directed Attingal DySP to conduct an inquiry and submit the findings within three weeks.

The incident had brought back memories of the lynching of Madhu, a tribal youth, after accusing him of theft at Attappady in Palakkad in 2018.

As per reports, on May 28, the residents allegedly tied Chandran up and beat him. He was later handed over to Chirayinkeezhu police.

According to the police, they didn’t charge Chandran as the house owner refused to file a complaint. They also added that Chandran didn’t inform them about the physical assault he had to endure from the locals.

But in the first week of June, Chandran complained about stomach pain. He was first treated at the Primary Health Centre near Vengode. When his condition grew severe he was admitted to the MCH. It was there that the doctors diagnosed him with internal injuries. Later surgery was performed on him. He was also shifted to the intensive care unit. But later he succumbed.

The commission will consider the case on July 18.