Attappady has, in its cold air and calm tenor, two versions of the lynching story. An outsider can either take sides, seek the truth, or get lost in the vortex of the differing narratives.
Madhu from Attappady was killed after he was caught, tied and thrashed by a group of local people alleging theft on February 22, 2018.
With this, the number of witnesses who have defected in the case rose to 20.
Witnesses had been turning hostile since day 1 of the trial. This has left the victim's family without hope.
Since the daily wage staffers are appointed by the officers concerned as per requirement, they can be removed based on the discretion of the authorities.
The court ordered to examine the eye sight of Sunilkumar, a forest watcher, after he said that he was not able to recognise the people, including himself, in some footage screened by the court.
The Forest Department fired Sunil from his job as a temporary watcher under Silent Valley Division for turning hostile in the case.
The dog bit him on the face. There are multiple wounds near the eye. The boy was administered both serum and vaccine as the bite was a Category-3 wound.
Three of the accused surrendered before the court and secured bail the other day at a time when the temporary bail given by the High Court was about to end.
The shocking incident happened during the wee hours of Thursday.
KC Jolly, the 17th witness, told the court the police coerced her into giving a statement to the magistrate that she had seen a mob rushing to the forest area to detain Madhu.