Kalabhavan Mani
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Just a few weeks after the kedavilakku (memorial lamp that burns forever) was installed by a charitable society as a tribute to the late actor Kalabhavan Mani at Maamath in Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram, the society members allege that Kerala Police has destroyed it following an order from the District Collector.  

The incident is said to have happened at 11:30 p.m. on Monday and the photos of the spot have been doing the rounds on social media after it was shared on a Facebook account named Kalabhavan Mani Sevana Samithi Charitable Society. The memorial light and the spot where it was kept are seen destroyed in the viral images.

As per the Facebook post, the Collector had earlier ordered removal of the memorial lamp as it was kept in an accident-prone area. The members had shifted their office to a different place and had also requested the authorities to give them 10 days time to move the memorial lamp as they were reportedly planning to arrange a function on May 21. The members of the trust now allege that the police destroyed the memorial spot as well the plates used for free food distribution without giving enough time to them to shift the arrangement.

The fans of the actor have also accused the investigators for failing to solve the mystery behind the sudden death of the comedian-turned-villain of the South Indian entertainment industry. Mani passed away on March 6. According to the forensic report, the pesticide Chlorpyrifos as well as methanol and ethanol were found in the body of the late actor, who was also suffering from liver-related ailments.

Here are the photos in which Kalabhavan Mani's memorial lamp is seen destroyed: