Sikh Taxi Driver Murdered With His Own Cab

May 25, 2007

Author: Michael Horsnell

Source: The Times

An elderly Sikh taxi driver was knocked down and killed by his own cab after a passenger hijacked the vehicle. Detectives believe that the attack may have been racially motivated.

Police appealed for calm yesterday after the incident in which Gian Chand Bajar, 71, chairman of the Guru Nanak temple in Gravesend, Kent, was run over by his assailant.

Chief Superintendent Gary Beautridge, who is leading the murder investigation, described Mr Chand as an “upstanding member of the community” who had been the victim of a “heinous and cowardly crime”.

He said: “We are keeping an open mind but we would certainly not rule out that the attack was racially motivated.”

As the Sikh community voiced its anger, local taxi drivers claimed that the murder had been “waiting to happen” because of the failure of police to tackle taxi assaults.