Jailed 'beedi tycoon' of Kerala Mohd Nisham running business from prison

In this file photo Mohammed Nisham being brought to the Thrissur District Additional Sessions Court. Kerala beedi baron Mohammed Nisham, convicted for killing a security guard in a fit of rage by ramming his luxury Hummer, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Photo: PTI

Relatives of Mohammed Nisham, the multi-millionaire 'beedi king' of Kerala who is serving a life sentence, have filed a complaint alleging that he is running his business from inside the prison where he is currently in and that he has been sending them death threats.

In the complaint filed to the Thrissur Police chief, the kin of Nisham, who has been convicted of killing a security guard by driving his Hummer into him, have alleged that he has access to a mobile phone inside the jail through which he was also running his business.

According to reports, Nisham's family handed over an audio clip of telephonic conversation to police where he is threatening them.

He also allegedly threatened his relatives over phone while he was being taken to Bangalore for investigation.

Earlier, a controversy had erupted over Nisham's stay in jail as on one journey back from court, he was filmed treating his police escorts to a lavish meal, following which five policemen were suspended.

Meanwhile, a quick probe has been ordered as it is believed that a nexus between Nisham and police officers exist, giving him access to run his business.

About a year ago Nisham had rammed his SUV into 51-year-old security guard Chandrabose, pinned him to a wall, dragged him for 700 metres, stomped on him and then allegedly shouted that this dog will not die.

In January this year, Nisham was awarded life sentence by a Kerala court and was ordered to give Rs 71 lakh fine for the murder of Chandrabose.


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