A supari leader was burnt alive by his rival near Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Beedi Sunil alias Sunil Kumar, 35, was paralysed below the waist after he sustained injuries from a fight at prison where he was lodged in connection with criminal cases in the past.
According to police, Kumar was living along with a helper at a small house at Mangalapuram on the outskirts of the city. On Wednesday, he had an altercation with his one-time colleague Cheppiri Biju, who is allegedly involved in several criminal cases. Later in the evening, Biju came back when Kumar was alone at the house. Biju allegedly poured petrol on Kumar and threw a lit up kerosene lamp on the man laying paralysed. Kumar, who sustained 90 per cent burn injuries, died on Thursday night.
Police said Kumar had been facing many criminal cases, including assault incidents on police. Although he was paralysed below the waist, Kumar had not abandoned taking up supari assignments. He bought a car and went to places to lead the operations. Biju, who had allegedly burnt him alive, had been with Kumar, before both of them pulled apart for professional reasons.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.