Millionaire charged with murder of security guard




New Delhi: Indian police yesterday charged a millionaire businessman with murder after he allegedly rammed an SUV into his security guard for being slow in opening a gate, an official said.

Businessman Muhammad Nisham, 39, was arrested last month after he allegedly pinned his guard Chandrabose against a wall with his Hummer over a delay in opening the gate of an apartment complex in India’s southern Kerala state.

Fifty-year-old Chandrabose was left with multiple injuries following the incident and died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Thrissur city yesterday, after undergoing multiple surgeries in the past two weeks.

‘He died in the hospital today after remaining on life support for over two weeks,’ R Nishanthini, Thrissur city police commissioner said.

‘We have charged him (Nisham) with murder,’ Nishanthini said.

Nisham, a tobacco tycoon, allegedly chased the guard with his Hummer inside the complex in the attack last month, squeezing him against a wall before beating him with an iron rod.

Doctors attending to Chandrabose said ‘his heart had not been functioning properly following the impact of the internal injuries,’ according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Police had earlier charged the tycoon with a charge of attempted murder, as he remains in police custody.

The businessman is facing another criminal case for allowing his nine-year-old son to drive a Ferrari in 2013, which caused an outrage after he uploaded a video on Youtube.

The millionaire owns a beedi (a local type of cigarette) factory in Kerala and reportedly also owns hotel and jewellery businesses in the Middle East.

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