Kerala files appeal demanding maximum punishment in Attappady Madhu murder case

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Kochi: The Kerala government has filed an appeal in the High Court in the Attappady Madhu murder case, demanding that the punishment awarded to the accused by the trial court should be increased to maximum punishment under the relevant sections, including murder. The appeal also argues that the trial court's decision to drop the charges of murder is illegal.

The accused were sentenced to a maximum of seven years of rigorous imprisonment by the Mannarkkad Special Court under sections including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. However, the government's appeal claims that the sentence was imposed without considering the testimony or scientific-medical-digital evidence presented by the prosecution.

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All the accused except the 16th accused were sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fine. The first accused, Hussain, was fined Rs 1,05,000, while the remaining 12 accused were fined Rs 1,18,000 each. Although they have been convicted under various offences, their sentences can be served concurrently.

The 16th accused, Munner, has been sentenced to three months in jail and a fine of Rs 500 under IPC section 352 (assault over sudden provocation). However, Munner has already completed the jail term during his remand period.

The sentences were pronounced by Mannarkkad Special Court Justice KM Ratheesh Kumar on April 5.

Madhu, a tribal man from Chindakki hamlet in Attappady, Palakkad, was killed after he was caught, tied and thrashed by a group of local people alleging theft of food articles from a grocery shop on February 22, 2018. He was assaulted by the mob and later handed over to the police.

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