Thiruvananthapuram: After 10 months of stay in Kerala, Rangappa fears to recount the dreadful night of January 29. In an apparent act of moral policing, a group of people surrounded Rangappa in the dark and started thrashing him all of a sudden when he was sitting on the roadside here. The Andhra man was caught unawares and did not know Malayalam either to ask the angry mob why he was being attacked for no reason.
The man who had come to Kerala in search of a job has now left for his home state along with his relatives.
Rangappa, though tried his hand in several jobs, could not make a successful career here. One night while he was sitting by the roadside at Nalanchira, here, a group of local people beat up Rangappa mercilessly, mistaking him to be a part of a begging mafia. Rumours about the mysterious black sticker and its dubious links to child kidnapping were rife at that time. So when Rangappa was spotted next to a peculiar 'arrow mark', the mob went on a thrashing spree without ensuring Rangappa's whereabouts and injured him. Too weak to get up, the man lend out his hands pleading for money, which further ascertained the suspicions of the mob.
The police on inquiry found Rangappa to be innocent. For the next 10 months he was under the protection of 'Sneha Veedu' manned by Fr George Joshua of Mar Ivanios Nagar. Social worker Manish Kumar from Bihar who works there took the initiative to trace the address of Rangappa and informed his relatives. Rangappa's nephews came down to Kerala from Andhra Pradesh and took him back to his home.