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Virender Sehwag Panned For Tweet Communalising Kerala Tribal Youth’s Lynching

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Virender Sehwag Panned For Tweet Communalising Kerala Tribal Youth’s Lynching

Palakkad SP Prateesh Kumar tells BOOM that the mob who lynched Madhu had people from all communities and there is no communal angle to the crime

 

Former cricketer Virender Sehwag earned the ire of many on Twitter on Saturday after he posted a tweet that singled out Muslims for the death of an Adivasi man who was beaten by a mob in Kerala’s Attappadi region on Thursday.

 

Sehwag, who has 15.9 million Twitter followers, wrote “Madhu stole 1 kg rice. A mob of Ubaid , Hussain and Abdul Kareem lynched the poor tribal man to death. This is a disgrace to a civilised society and I feel ashamed that this happens and kuch farak nahi padta.”

 

 

 

The death of Madhu, an Adivasi youth sparked outrage on Friday after photos and videos of him being restrained by a group of men went viral on social media. What incensed people more was a selfie of man smiling that was taken showing Madhu restrained in the background being questioned. Post-mortem report released on Saturday confirm that Madhu died due to internal injuries.

 

 

 

BOOM contacted local police in Kerala. Prateesh Kumar, SP, Palakkad police said “Any attempt to communalise the incident is wrong. There are Hindus also under investigation. The information running on social media is misleading.”

 

 

Twitter users accused Sehwag of cherry-picking the names of the perpetrators even though news reports on Friday indicated that the mob comprised of men belonging to different religions and that the brutal attack was not religiously motivated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the former cricketer has apologised on Twitter, though he refused to accept that his original tweet was communal in nature.

 

The Indian Express reported 

 

“According to the FIR registered at Agali police station, a group of seven local residents cornered Madhu inside the forest nearby, detained him at a bus shelter in Mukkali and informed police. It stated that when police arrived, Hussain Muhammed, Manu Damodaran, Abdul Rahman, Abdul Latheef, Abdul Kareem, A P Ummer and Mathachan Joseph pushed Madhu into the jeep along with a bag of rice, claiming that he had stolen it.

The FIR stated that when police were taking Madhu for a medical examination before registering his arrest, he vomited and collapsed inside the jeep. He was declared dead on arrival at the Agali hospital, it said.”

 

On Saturday, news reports stated that the police had arrested two men – K Hussain and PP Abdul Kareem.

 

Virender Sehwag’s tweet has received over 19,000 Likes. Moreover, it has been copied multiple times and tweeted giving it a communal spin. Sample the tweets below.

 

 

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