Bihar worker tied to post, painted black in Kerala

The toiling hands of migrant workers from north India maybe behind the state's booming real estate sector, but that has not yet earned them their due respect. In the state capital, an innocent youth from Bihar, Amir, was publicly shamed and insulted for over 10 hours by the locals on Monday.

According to the police, the locals in Varkala near here were looking for a youth, "a black man", allegedly involved in a theft in the district. But when they saw the 22-year-old youth early on Monday morning, they caught hold of him and spread the word that the "fugitive black man" has been caught.

Amir was then tied to an electric post and painted black to give an impression that he is the "black man". He was also forcibly made to wear a black shawl.

The police was informed later that a youth has been nabbed with tools used for theft. When the police reached the spot, the mob did not allow them to leave with the youth. Later after senior police officers intervened, they agreed. But this did not stop the police from booking Amir on charges of attempt to theft. He was later remanded in judicial custody.

"He had not committed any crime. Amir was a migrant worker. He became a victim of the "black man" threat," said Varkala Police Inspector S Shaji.

He said the youth might have landed in trouble because he did not know Malayalam and so could not have been in a position to answer the questions of the locals.

The Inspector said a case has also been registered against 50 persons on charges of disrupting the official duty of police.

"We do not know whether the youth himself carried the tools and keys or the mob planted them on him. He was not involved any criminal activity,'' the police said.

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