Kerala CM Pinarayi orders probe into charges that Hummer convict used phone in jail

The DIG said that like other inmates, Nisham is entitled to the coin box call facility at the jail in the presence of a prison staff.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:October 23, 2016 3:33 am
The Hummer that Mohammed Nisham used to attack the guard K Chandrabose (inset). The Hummer that Mohammed Nisham used to attack the guard K Chandrabose (inset).

Amid allegations that beedi tycoon Muhammad Nisham is using a phone in Kannur prison he is lodged in, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday said he has asked the DGP (Prisons) to submit a report, based on which action would be taken.

Nisham is serving a life term for killing a security guard by ramming his Hummer SUV into him.

The beedi tycoon’s brothers have complained to the police that he allegedly threatened them from jail over a cellphone. He is also learnt to be in touch with his family members and associates, who are running his Rs 5,000-crore business.

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DIG (prisons) Shivadas Thaiparambail told mediapersons that Nisham had not used the cellphone at the prison. He said that following the allegations, jail authorities had conducted a search but could not recover any cellphone. Thaiparambail said the beedi tycoon might have used the cellphone during his journey to Bengaluru, where he is facing trial in a criminal case.

The DIG said that like other inmates, Nisham is entitled to the coin box call facility at the jail in the presence of a prison staff.

Meanwhile, Thrissur city police have started a probe into the allegation that Nisham threatened his brothers. The audio of the purported conversation, broadcast by media, revealed that Nisham had an argument with brothers Abdul Nisar and Abdul Razaq over the management of his business.

The brothers have told police that they got the threat call two days ago when Nisham was reportedly taken to Bengaluru. They alleged that his company’s staff were also travelling with Nisham.