Ex-truck cleaner claims to own assets worth Rs 350 crore – The New Indian Express
KOZHIKODE: Shaibin Ashraf, the main defendant in the murder of Mysuru-based traditional doctor Shaba Sharif, has told police he has assets worth Rs 350 crore. According to the police, the native of Wayanad revealed a dramatic portrait of his life during his interrogation.
“According to his disclosure, he had amassed the wealth within a few years. However, we still need to verify all this. Shaibin’s financial sources will be investigated,” Malappuram District Police Chief Sujith Das said.
Born into a poor family in Maithanikunnu near Sultan Bathery, Shaibin had earned a living as a cleaner in a truck and as a rickshaw driver in the past. His fortunes changed after his mother visited the Gulf in search of employment. Soon Shaibin also arrived there and the family prospered.
“He told us that he had been in the diesel business with Arabs there. We don’t know the truth. In 2015, construction began on his lavish house at Puthankunnu in Sultan Bathery, which is worth millions of rupees,” a resident of Maithanikunnu said.
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Local residents say Shaibin had helped many young people to move to the Gulf and started various businesses in Wayanad before moving to Nilambur. He also trusted gang members in Wayanad who were his partners in businesses like ginger farming, textiles and selling fish.
Meanwhile, the investigative team investigating Shaba’s murder took second suspect Noushad Thangalath, a Sultan Bathery native who revealed the crime to the police, to Shaibin’s home in Nilambur where Shaba had been held hostage. for over a year and killed. Evidence collection took place early in the morning but the investigation team did not obtain any vital evidence.
Nilambur Police Inspector Sunil P said evidence collection was at an initial stage and would continue in the coming days. “Noushad will be taken to other crime sites including Seethi Haji Bridge in Edavanna from where the culprits threw Shaba’s body parts into the Chaliyar as part of evidence collection,” the statement said. officer.
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Noushad has been in custody for five days while lead defendant Shaibin and his co-defendants Nishad and Shihabudheen, both from Sultan Bathery, are in custody. The police will move the court to ask for their custody.
Meanwhile, the police team intensified their efforts to catch the other people involved in the case. The police team also checks the accused for possible involvement in other criminal activities. In a USB key given to the police by Noushad, there were visuals giving clues in this regard. Shaba Sharif was killed by the gang in October 2020. The culprits cut his body into several pieces and dumped them in the Chaliyar near Edavanna. The murder was revealed a year and a half later.