The security guard at Sobha City in Thrissur, who has been seriously injured after a controversial beedi businessman hit him with Hummer SUV, died in a hospital on Monday noon after two weeks battle for life.
K Chandrabose, 47, died at Amala Medical College in Thrissur. He had undergone several surgeries in the last two weeks but had been on ventilator support for last few days after his health deteriorated.
Beedi king Muhammed Nisham had rammed Chandrabose with his Hummer in the wee hours of January 29 alleging there was a slight delay in opening the gate of Sobha city, a residential township, where Nisham owns an apartment.
He was arrested on the same day on charge of attempt to murder. With the victim’s death, the controversial beedi businessman would face murder charge.
The victim had died at a time Congress government in Kerala was facing allegations to scuttle the probe into the case. It is learnt that several senior leaders of the Congress and its ally Indian Union Muslim League have been trying to settle the case by offering money to the family of the victim. Although police had busted a cocaine party in Nisham’s flat in Kochi, he was not made an accused despite facilitating it.
Soon after the brutal attack on the security guard, police had announced that Nisham, who had been an accused in nearly a dozen criminal cases, would face the stringent clauses under Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act, which are generally slapped on goons and supari kings.
The attack on the security guard using his Hummer vehicle is a story of absolute arrogance and an almost manic rage. In the early morning of January 29 as Nisham pulled up outside, Chandrabose, in charge of the vehicle movement register, was on night duty inside his cabin. Manning the gate nearby were two other security staffers.
The security men were verifying the vehicle and its occupant before lifting the bar at the gate when Nisham lost his cool. Nisham jumped out of the SUV and started manhandling the staff. Then, he rushed to the cabin, smashed the glass panes and attacked Chandrabose.
According to other security guards, Chandrabose ran out and climbed on top of the fountain in front of the gate. “But Nisham reversed the Hummer and rammed it into the fountain. The huge vehicle reared up to hit the top of the fountain and crush the man against the wall,” sources said.
Chandrabose’s chest and left arm were crushed between the Hummer and the granite wall of the fountain. He didn’t know it then, but his ordeal had just begun.
Nisham then lifted Chandrabose and dumped him in the back of the Hummer. “He called his wife from their apartment almost half a km away from the gate, and asked her to come over with a gun,” said police sources.
“She arrived in a Jaguar but without a gun. Then Nisham drove the Hummer into the parking area of his apartment complex, pulled out Chandrabose and started attacking him again, for nearly 30 minutes. He finally left after abandoning Chandrabose under the Hummer.’’
By this time, a police patrol team, alerted by other security staff, reached the spot. “Nisham was violent and even threatened to attack us. We got more policemen from a station nearby and took him into custody,” the sources said.
Nisham has figured in 10 criminal cases before, including allowing his minor son to drive a Ferrari and attacking a woman police constable on duty. One of those cases is of domestic violence filed by Nisham’s wife, and another by his brother’s wife alleging that he tried to insult her in a mobile message.
“In a few cases, he paid the penalty as per the court directive and in one case was sentenced to a day’s simple imprisonment. A few other cases were settled between the complainants and the accused,’’ police said.
Nisham owns a dozen costly foreign cars.