A 38-year-old man passed away on Sunday after being brutally attacked by a four-member gang in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The deceased has been identified as Vinayabhose, son of Rajan and Shanthi, hailing from Chanthavila in Thiruvananthapuram district.
The attack happened five days ago when Vinayabhose, who worked as a daily wage labourer in the area, was walking from Mangatakkonam to his house at around 11.45 pm.
“We had received information that a man was lying unconscious in Mangatakkonam. We heard that a gang of four members intercepted him and struck him on the head. On reaching the place, we saw that Vinayabhose was unconscious and admitted him immediately to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital,” SI of Pothencode police station, where a case has been registered, told TNM.
The accused in the incident have been identified as Sabu, Ajayan, Sharath and Sachu, all of who work in Mannarkonam as labourers and tipper lorry drivers, the SI said.
“When we questioned those living in the area, we got the names of these men. They had reportedly got into a fight with the deceased,” the SI added.
As for Vinayabhose, he was undergoing treatment at the ICU of the Trauma Care Unit of the multi-speciality hospital inside the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. He had been on ventilator support during his treatment at the hospital. At 1 am on Sunday, Vinayabhose succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
A case was initially filed under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the IPC and following Vinayabhose’s death it was changed to Section 302 (murder).
“Though we have come to know that the deceased belonged to the Dalit community, we have not filed sections under the SC/ST Act yet, as we are still investigating the case. No arrests have been made but we are on the lookout for the accused,” the SI said.