London: A 32-year-old Indian origin man was
fatally stabbed as he tried to fend off a masked carjacker in
East London with his terrified female friend looking on.
Harjinder Singh Bhurji was stabbed in the chest after he
refused to hand over the car keys to the thief and was
pronounced dead at the scene yesterday in Stoneleigh Road,
Ilford, east London, Scotland Yard said.
The victim, who lived in Ilford, initially tried to hide
the car keys under his seat but the robber threatened to harm
his friend, with whom Bhurji was sitting in the car if he did
not hand them over, the Telegraph reported.
He was stabbed as he bravely struggled to retrieve the
keys which the robber managed to finally get a hold of and
fled from the scene of crime with the car.
He was left bleeding to death from knife wounds.
The robber drove off in the car, which was later found
abandoned in nearby Chingford.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Rickells, who is leading
the investigation in the murder, said "the suspect appears to
have been purely motivated by stealing the car because at this
early stage we can find no other obvious motive."
Bhurji was a successful garage owner and was scheduled to
fly to India to attend his close friend`s wedding.