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Killed: K.T. Shameer
Killed: K.T. Shameer

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A 39-year-old non-resident Indian was abducted, robbed and killed allegedly by three cab drivers whom he had hired from outside Delhi airport on October 10. The police on Monday announced the arrest of two of the accused, while the third is still absconding.

The body of K. T. Shameer, a native of Kerala, was found dumped on National Highway No. 8 at Bilaspur in neighbouring Gurgaon two days after he went missing. Shameer, a Saudi Arabia-based NRI, had arrived in Delhi by a Spice Jet flight on October 10 evening and engaged a taxi outside the domestic airport to go to his friend’s house. But he did not reach his destination.

Four days later, one of his friends, Afzal, got a missing complaint lodged at the Palam police station when Shameer, a cloth merchant, did not return to Saudi Arabia and his whereabouts could not be ascertained. “A day later the missing complaint was converted into a case of abduction and investigation was taken up. Investigations revealed that three local cab drivers -- Manish, Monu and Anil -- had suddenly disappeared after the incident,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Operations) Amulya Patnaik at a press conference here on Monday.

When the police contacted the families of the trio, it was found that they had gone to Hardwar a few days ago. “The three had switched off their cell phones. On Monday the police received a tip-off that they would return to the Capital in a car bearing a Delhi registration number. A trap was laid near Sanjay Gandhi T-point and the car intercepted. Both occupants of the car, Manish and Monu, were arrested,” said Mr. Patnaik.

During interrogation, the two purportedly told the police that they had robbed and killed Shameer as they wanted to make quick money.

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