Thiruvananthapuram: A 23-year-old Muslim youth, who was an eyewitness of a crime, was brutally beaten to death on a public road in broad daylight. The entire incident has been video recorded, posted on social networking sites.
The incident took place at 5:30 pm on Sunday, 31 January, when 23-year-old victim Manakkadu Veettil Shabeer was on a motorcycle with his friend Unnikrishnan. Video footage that is doing the rounds on social media shows the victime Shabeer being beaten to death by four men.
Shabeer and his friend were stopped by four people, who attacked them with sticks. Shabeer was an eyewitness in a crime committed by the attackers a year ago, local media reports said.
Shabeer tried to escape but the men didn’t let him go. The men pushed him down on the road and kept beating him with sticks. Soon Shabeer succumbed to his injuries but the attackers kept beating him.
Shabeer's funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at Vakkam Muslim Jama Ath. He is survived by his father Sakeer Hussain, mother Naseema and brother Shameer and Shajeer.
Vikas, a native of Vakkam, has been arrested in connection with the case, according to police.
Although Shabeer, who hails from Vakkam near Attingal, was soon taken to the hospital by the locals, he was declared dead on Monday afternoon. His friend, who is seriously injured, has been admitted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
The police has appealed the media not to telecast the footage of the incident.