Sister of Adivasi man beaten to death by mob in Kerala becomes cop


Chandrika, who was recruited into the Kerala Police along with 73 others from Scheduled Tribes, dedicated her appointment to her elder brother.

Chandrika, the sister of the Adivasi man beaten to death by a mob in Kerala in February, has dedicated her appointment to the Kerala police force to her brother's memory. Chandrika was recruited into the Kerala Police along with 73 other members from Scheduled Tribes on Monday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was present on the occasion.

Speaking to The News Minute, the 29-year-old said her family was still grappling with the sudden shock of losing her brother, Madhu. Chandrika had cleared the exam and was to attend the interview on February 23, when Madhu was killed the previous day by a mob that suspected him of stealing groceries. Devastated by her brother's death, Chandrika could not bring herself to attend the interview, but her family pushed her to go and she arrived at the interview centre in Attappady.

She recalls,

“I was the first person to be interviewed when they came to know that I was Madhu’s sister. I entered the room and started crying... I am dedicating this to my ettan (elder brother).”

The autopsy report of Madhu revealed he had succumbed to severe internal bleeding. Chandrika has accused the Forest Department officials of failing to do their duty. She had told Times Now,

“Madhu lived in the forest in a cave and access to this place is only to those who have the right. We are surprised how this group of people managed to go into the forest and beat him up.”

For as long as she can remember, Chandrika always wanted to join the police force. Madhu was the eldest of the four children and they were a close bunch. They lost their father when Chandrika was just two and her mother, who is an anganwadi worker, has played an important role in their lives since. She quips,

“I will also work for the upliftment of our society. I will share whatever knowledge I gain with my society.”

The Kerala government's initiative to recruit 74 people from Scheduled Tribes spread across Palakkad, Malappuram and Wayanad districts will be an ongoing drive, Chief Minister Vijayan said.

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