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UK: Indian restaurant manager killed while cycling back home on Valentine's Day, 8 arrested

Vignesh Pattabhiraman, 36, was cycling back from his workplace at an Indian restaurant when he collided with a vehicle at the Cadugan Place junction in Reading. One of the suspects behind his death has been identified as Shazeb Khalid, 24, who appeared before a court on Wednesday.

Aveek Banerjee Edited By: Aveek Banerjee @AveekABanerjee London Published on: February 22, 2024 11:54 IST
UK, Indian restaurant manager killed, murder probe
Image Source : JUST GIVING Vignesh Pattabhiraman, 36, who was killed in the UK on February 14.

London: A 36-year-old Indian restaurant manager was killed in a road accident while cycling home in the United Kingdom last week, according to authorities. The British police have launched a murder investigation into Vignesh Pattabhiraman's death in Reading and have made eight arrests regarding the case this week. 

Pattabhiraman was cycling back from his workplace at Indian restaurant Vel in Reading, south-east England, when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle at the Cadugan Place junction in the city. Thames Valley Police said he was declared dead after being rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

In this regard, police have arrested Shazeb Khalid, 24, on the suspicion of the murder and he has since been charged and appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Seven men, aged 20, 21, 24, 27, 31, 41 and 48, all from the same city arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have all been released on bail.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Raman, who are being supported by specially trained officers,” said Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Brangwin, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit. “We are continuing our investigation into the circumstances of his death, and arrests have now been made. I would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to anybody who has any information to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police,” he added.

Investigation into Pattabhiraman's death continues

There will continue to be a visible police presence in the area while their investigation continues to address any public concerns on site, said Major Crime Unit officers. Meanwhile, a Just Giving charity initiative set up by Pattabhiraman’s friends and family to help with repatriation costs and support for his grieving wife Ramya after the “senseless tragedy” has raised over GBP 39,000 within days.

“Vignesh was a committed restaurant manager at Vel, where he poured his heart and soul into his work, earning recognition for his exceptionally warm nature, customer service and work ethics. His dream of reaching a senior management position in the hotel industry was within reach, with an exciting opportunity awaiting him at Hyatt Regency Mayfair London,” reads the page.

“We are rallying together to support Vignesh’s grieving family during this unimaginably difficult time. Your generous contributions will provide much-needed financial assistance to help cover repatriation cost, funeral expenses, support his grieving wife, Ramya, and ease the burden on his family as they navigate this profound loss,” further read the charity initiative page.

(with PTI inputs)

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