Madhu, a tribal youth from Chindakki hamlet near Mukkali in Attappady, was captured from a cave in the forest and apparently beaten up by a group of men on charges of alleged theft on the fateful day.
To date, 27 prosecution witnesses have turned hostile in the case.
Madhu, a mentally unstable tribal youth had died on February 22, 2018 after being assaulted by locals at Mukkali in Attappady on charges of petty thefts.
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 special court on Saturday cancelled the bail granted to 12 of the 16 accused in the case.
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.
'I lost my son. They can’t quote a price for him. To me, my son is much more valuable than the huge mansion they offered,' says Madhu's mother Malli.
Madhu's family wants additional special prosecutor Rajesh M Menon to take up the case.