Hundreds mourn murder of Sikh cabbie
Gian Chand Bajar, 71, died on Thursday after being found severely injured in Gravesend while on duty last month. A man who intended to kill him apparently ran the cab over him.india Updated: Jun 22, 2007 12:44 IST
Mourners lined up a street in Kent to pay their last respects to a Sikh cab driver and a prominent member of the community who was allegedly murdered.
Gian Chand Bajar, 71, died in hospital Thursday after being found severely injured in Gravesend while on duty last month. A man who intended to kill him apparently ran the cab over him.
Investigators have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man with the murder.
A fleet of 100 cabs followed the horse and carriage carrying his body from Gravesend to the crematorium. Black ribbons were tied around the wing mirrors of the cabs as a mark of respect.
Many members of the Sikh community gathered at the Guru Nanak Education and Sports Complex ground, a site where a new gurudwara is coming up. Bajar had worked tirelessly to build the 12 million pound gurudwara, which is nearing completion, Kent News reported.
"We cannot imagine how we will cope without him," said Verinder Bhoombla, Bajar's son-in-law. "He was a person who led by example, who was there not just for the family, but for the whole community."