Munnar: The police have filed a case against five people over the assault of a 68-year-old fish vendor at Mankulam last Thursday. The victim, Thaneli M Makkar of Valara, Adimali, is under medical care at a hospital at Kothamangalam. Makkar was beaten up as he was carrying fish in his vehicle. As he fell down, the assailants trampled him.
The police are yet to make any arrests though they have filed the case five days after the incident. Munnar police say Makkar had not filed a complaint and the case was based on information passed on from the hospital. However, the police are seen to have proceeded after visuals of the assault on Makkar were circulated widely on social media.
The assault has drawn protests. An action council has called for a shutdown at the Patham Mile and Irumpupalam areas from 11 am to 12 pm on Tuesday. Local people held a protest in Mankulam.
Local people say Makkar was assaulted for demanding money that was due to him from a resort for the fish sold. It is also alleged that the gang threatened him of police action for misbehaving with a woman.