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 within the prison. they also allege that he has been sending them death threats.
In a complaint filed to the Thrissur Police chief, Nisham's kin have alleged that he has access to a mobile phone in the jail premises and he uses that to conduct his business. Nisham has been convicted of killing a security guard by ramming his Hummer into him.
According to reports, Nisham's family handed over audio clips of telephonic conversation to the police, where he can be heard threatening them.
Nisham also allegedly threatened his relatives over the phone while he was being taken to Bengaluru for investigations.
Earlier, a controversy had erupted over Nisham's stay in jail as on a 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 exists, 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 "this dog will not die".
In January this year, Nisham was awarded the life sentence by a Kerala court and was ordered to give Rs 71 lakh fine for Chandrabose's murder.