Tribal youth's death: Family demands crime branch probe, alleges lapses from police

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Kozhikode: The family of the tribal youth Viswanathan, found hanging on the premises of Kozhikode Medical College, has expressed disappointment over the ongoing police investigation.

The family requested Minister K Radhakrishnan to transfer the investigation to the state crime branch. The request was made when Minister visited the tribal youth's house to hand over Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia compensation announced by the state government.

Viswanathan, a tribal youth from Wayanad, arrived at the medical college hospital as a bystander for his pregnant wife and went missing on February 8. The family accused that a mob attacked Viswanathan after alleging him to be a thief. Two days later, his body was found hanging on a tree near the medical college hospital.

The family alleged that the investigation is lagging with police struggling to trace down the accused. The family expressed disappointment over the lacklustre approach of the police and wanted to go ahead with a re-postmortem.

"We filed a missing complaint after a security staff misbehaved with him, alleging he had stolen money and a mobile phone. However, the police failed to take any action on the basis of the complaint. The police misbehaved when we contacted to learn the current status of the ongoing probe," said Viswanathan's brother Vinod. He added that Kalpetta police tried to create a false image of the family by terming them Maoists.

The family said that they would fight until they got justice in the case.

Meanwhile, the investigation team said that the probe is going effectively. The security staff here revealed that Viswanathan mentioned some people calling him a thief and claiming he had stolen money.

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