`Indian cabbie in NZ may have been killed for $11.26 fare`
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 04, 2010, 19:19
Melbourne: New Zealand police on Thursday said the Indian cabbie who was stabbed to death may have been killed for the USD 11 taxi fare even as they are looking for the owner of a bloodstained bag found near the crime scene in Auckland city.

Hiren Mohini, 39, died from multiple stab wounds in a frenzied knife attack in the Auckland suburb early on Sunday.

Mohini, whose funeral was held today, may have been killed for the New Zealand 15.20 dollars (USD 11.26) taxi fare from the city centre to Mt Eden because there were no signs he had been robbed, 'New Zealand Herald' quoted police as saying.

Police, who have already recovered a knife near the scene, released a photograph of a bloodstained blue shoulder bag with 'Dicon Aibi' written on it. Police said they were looking out for the owner of the bag.

Meanwhile, grieving relatives of Mohini said at his funeral that his death was an "unimaginable and unfathomable event" and called his killer "barbaric".

The father of two young girls was described as a hard working, gentle man who was always smiling.

A huge cortege of more than 300 taxis with black ribbons on their aerials joined the funeral. Neighbours came out on to the streets to pay their respects, the paper said.

Taxi Federation executive director Tim Reddish described Mohini as "kind, generous and humble in spirit."

Some drivers, shocked at the death of their colleague, said they would no longer work at nights because they were scared they too would be attacked like Mohini.


First Published: Thursday, February 04, 2010, 19:19

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