PALAKKAD: Kerala government on Saturday announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the bereaved family of Dalit youth Madhu, who was lynched to death by a 15-member gang in Attappady on Thursday evening.
A direction in this regard was given to the Chief Secretary by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to official sources here.
Meanwhile, State SC/ST Minister AK Balan told newspersons that stern action will be taken against those involved in the heinous act.
It was also believed that a few forest department officials helped the group to trace the Adivasi youth in the forest, where he used to stay.
However, the Minister clarified that he came to know about the role of the forest officials from the media reports, which quoted Ms Chandrika, victim's sister, that forest officials allowed 20 people to enter the forest area, which is restricted for general public.
She further said the people who entered the forest area, attacked his brother in the presence of forest officials, who later allowed them to escape from the spot.
According to post mortem report, victim died due to internal bleeding and severe blow to the back side of his head.
He also suffered severe blows to his chest in which his entire rib cage was broken.
Bruise marks were also found on his chest and other parts of his body.
Meanwhile, leaders from several parties visited the house of the victim.
BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan, Opposition Leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, MLAs and MPs also condoled the family members.