Siddique, trolley bags lying in a gorge
Tirur: Siddique, the hotelier who was killed in Kozhikode by his former employee and the employee’s girlfriend, ran a supermarket in Riyadh. He returned to the country five years ago. During the Covid era, he ventured into the restaurant industry by starting an eatery in Kozhikode.
Siddique purchased the building in 1990, where the restaurant is currently located. The establishment employs five individuals. Though he started two other restaurants in his hometown of Ezhur PC, they were shut down due to lack of profitability.
Family identifies body parts
Significant police presence and a mix of emotions filled the surroundings of the ninth turn on the ghat road. The news of Siddique's murder and disposal in the ghat rapidly circulated, arousing shock and curiosity among the locals.
As police vehicles traversed the pass, a small crowd of journalists and natives had gathered at the scene. Initially, it was believed that the body had been discarded from the ninth turn viewpoint. Upon closer inspection from the road, the trolley bags were found lying among the rocks in the Mandampotty stream. The police cordoned off the area with a ribbon, and officials from the Agali station, Tirur DySP, and others arrived at the scene. Malappuram SP, S Sujit Das, also arrived to assess the situation.
At 8:30 am, it was decided to retrieve the bags containing the bodies. Fire rescue personnel descended with ropes while police evacuated the area. The bags were wrapped in plastic, tied to a rope, and hoisted up, spreading a pungent odour. The bag was then transferred to an ambulance.
The police then summoned the family to identify the deceased. Siddique's sons, Suhail and Shias, were devastated when they saw the dismembered body, with the upper half severed and the face decaying. Overwhelmed with grief, they closed their eyes and sought support from their relatives. They confirmed the identity of the body.
The police remained on the scene for about an hour. By half past ten, ambulances and police vehicles started descending the ghat.
Tourists often take selfies in this area; however, the foul odour emanating from the bodies went unnoticed. It is common to dispose of slaughter waste in the area.
Tirur in shock
Hotelier Mecheri Siddique's tragic demise left his family and the local community in disbelief. Siddique, who operated a restaurant in Kozhikode, usually returned home within a week. Even if he hadn't been home after a week, it was customary for him to call and inquire about his family's well-being.
On May 18, Siddique travelled to Olavanna in Kozhikode. His mobile phone was switched off, but when his son checked Siddique's account balance, he discovered that the money had been withdrawn. This raised suspicions, and the family informed the police, who later learned about Siddique's murder from the authorities.
Siddique's children were present when they received the heartbreaking news. The family is still reeling from the shock.
News of Siddique's death spread, prompting relatives and locals to visit the family's home one by one. Everyone echoed the sentiment that Siddique was beloved by all and possessed a kind heart. However, due to the dismembered and decomposed state of the body, none of the locals could bid a final farewell. They all gathered at the Juma Masjid at Korangath in Tirur, where Siddique was laid to rest, and participated in funeral prayers.