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`Indian cabbie in NZ may have been killed for $11.26 fare`

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 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 4, 2010 - 19:19
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