Hummer murder case: Beedi tycoon guilty, sentencing today

Muhammad Nisham had knocked down a security guard last year using his Hummer SUV

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 21, 2016 2:07 am
muhammad nisham, hummer horror, hummer murder case, beedi tycoon muhammad nisham, k chandrabose, chandrabose murder case, kerala hummer case, kerala hummer horror Muhammad Nisham, the beedi tycoon who was convicted by a court in Kerala for the murder of security guard K Chandrabose

An additional district sessions court in Thrissur Wednesday found beedi tycoon Muhammed Nisham guilty of ramming his Hummer car into a security guard, leading to his death, in an incident at Sobha City apartments here last year.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment Thursday. Nisham pleaded for mercy, but the prosecution, arguing that it was a “rarest of the rare” case, said he should get maximum punishment. The prosecution said Nisham is a threat to society. Nisham, on his part, said he heads a joint family and pleaded for a lenient treatment.

On the night of January 29, 2014, Nisham crashed his SUV into security guard K Chandrabose and pinned him against a concrete wall, reportedly over a delay in opening the gates of Sobha City, where Nisham lives. After ramming him against a wall, he dumped Chandrabose at the back of the Hummer and drove to the parking area of the apartment complex, where he further assaulted him.

Police rushed Chandrabose to Amala hospital in Thrissur where he later died. Then, police charged Nisham with murder.

The attack leading to the security guard’s death exposed the criminal history of Nisham, who had allegedly been involved in 11 cases, but managed to escape prosecution. While an undertrial in the murder case, Nisham was listed as a goon after the state police slapped relevant sections of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act. Accordingly, he was consigned to jail without any trial for six months.

Nisham moved Supreme Court with a bail plea, which the court rejected, observing that the case showed the rich were becoming egocentric.

When the trial began, prime prosecution witness K C Anoop, a colleague of Chandrabose, turned hostile. He said he had not seen Chandrabose being hit by the vehicle driven by Nisham. The statement triggered ruckus, forcing Anoop to correct it. When the trial resumed, Anoop told the court that he had diluted his statement under duress from Nisham’s family, and went back to the original version in which he said he had seen Chandrabose being attacked by Nisham.

The case also triggered ripples in the police department. Former Kerala DGP K S Balasubramaniam faced allegations that he tried to protect Nisham. Then Thrissur city police commissioner Jacob Job was suspended for a secret meeting with Nisham.

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    Sirius
    Jan 20, 2016 at 7:18 am
    Good decision , but, likely to go up to SC . Let's await the sentencing ... If the court wants to make deterrence as the principle, it will go for death or full life sentence without parole ...
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      Arun
      Jan 20, 2016 at 7:10 am
      Whatever might be his position, how rich a person might be. he has no right to kill another person. the guilty should be take care of the family. he should be behind bars for life time.
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        BALU
        Jan 20, 2016 at 10:45 am
        brute accused be hanged till death. no clemency/mercy peion be entertained. less than death sentence, say, life imprisonment to this accused will definitely not desirable as the accused has immense money, muscle and influence over politicians across the state, therefore, he will commit crime clandestinely to take revenge on Victims family, witnesses and even the prosecution advocate. there is no doubt. accused has no heart. the way he committed the crime that itself speaks his brutality. only punishment he deserve is merciless hanging to death, preferably by stonning/lashing unto death by the public in a public place specifically after a Friday namaaz. Only then, God and the victim will be satisfied. also, accused should give monetary compensation not less than Rs.25 Crore to victims family.
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          BALU
          Jan 20, 2016 at 10:49 am
          exactly right. it is better the brute accused be killed mercilessly by the public in a public place after a Friday namaaz by stoning / lashing. accused deserved for this and certainly Islamic Law award such punishment and he is a Muslim.
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            BALU
            Jan 20, 2016 at 10:51 am
            no, no life imprisonment. accused be hanged till death or stone/lash him by public in a public place preferably on a Friday namaaz, this he deserved being a Muslim and as per Islamic Law.
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              beefandbeedi
              Jan 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm
              No, non Keralites dont have any rights to comment on Kerala.Your consution has toilet tissue paper value in Kerala.It starts like this, etc etc etc, India which is "Bharat".Who is Bharat?.We dont recognize such an eny and therefore we dont recognize you.
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                beefandbeedi
                Jan 20, 2016 at 11:03 am
                Our Law, Our country, Our Revenue, Our Judicial System, We might beg, Work, or do whatever and make money or not make money. It has got nothing to do with you - IT is NON of your business to bother about you silly Indian.
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                beefandbeedi
                Jan 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                We obviously means the rulers of Kerala, not you and your Bengali and stani cousins offcourse.
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