Taxi man, 70, murdered by ‘passengers’
A A regular work night turned deadly for a 70-year-old taxi
driver when he was stabbed by his passengers and robbed of cash
before being left to die in his car on a lonely street in
Stewartville, West Bank Demerara.
Dead is Nazir Khan of Lot 172 Parika Railway Line, East Bank
Essequibo and an employee of Rockers Taxi Service also located
in Parika. He is also an insurance officer and a school bus
driver for an Islamic School located at Meten-Meer-Zorg.
According to information reaching Stabroek News, Khan was
last seen around 11 pm when he left the base with two passengers
bound for Stewartville.
Several hours later, around 6 am he was discovered in a reclined
position in the driver’s seat with a stab wound in the chest
area and parts of his body, including his face, covered with
When he was found, $18,000 that he had left home with and his
earnings for the night, as well as his identification card, were
The car PLL 5548 was found in an area which is not very
populated and no one recalled hearing anything unusual before
the discovery was made. It is unclear if the murder weapon was
recovered at the scene.
Up to press time last night no one had been held over the
incident which has the appearance of a robbery gone bad.
When this newspaper visited the place Khan had called home for
the last 34 years, his wife and neighbours were distraught over
his brutal passing.
His wife, Budhia called Sursattie tearfully recounted that Khan
left the house for work around 8:30 pm after counting $18,000
which he said he had for someone.
She said that around 11:30 pm she tried contacting him on his
cellular phone on several occasions and was unsuccessful,
getting voicemail each time. Becoming a bit worried, Budhia
stated that she called the taxi service and was told by the
dispatcher that her husband “gone out pon a wuk” and he was
unable to assist her with more information.
The car 70-year-old Nazir Khan was
found in yesterday morning.
The woman said that she then contacted her son who is a
presidential guard and he informed her that a body was found at
Stewartville and since his father could not be contacted he had
gone to check it out. Budhia said that she suspected that it was
her husband and shortly after her worst fears were confirmed.
According to her, her husband sustained a stab wound in the
region of the heart and blood was also evident on his foot. The
money he had left home with along with his earnings up to the
point when he was killed, were missing she said. His cellular
phone was subsequently discovered a short distance away from the
Fighting now to hold back her tears, the mother of two said
that Khan had only been operating the taxi which belongs to his
friend for nine months now.
Stabroek News was told that the man had no enemies and was a
very jovial and caring person. Those who knew him are convinced
that the incident was a robbery/murder.
Samad Hussein, one of his friends told the media yesterday
that two strange men went to the base that night. Stabroek News
understands that it was these men who subsequently hired Khan to
take them to Stewartville. The man recalled that when he saw the
body at the Leonora Cottage Hospital there was blood on his
face. He said one person could not have killed him. “Why would
they kill him”, Hussein questioned.
His remains are at the West Demerara Hospital mortuary
awaiting a post- mortem examination. Khan is the latest in a
long line of taxi drivers to be murdered since 2002 by
criminals. Dozens of others have been hijacked, barely escaping
with their lives.