An injured Meshram, who was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital by cops, later told them that the couple had boarded the cab from railway station.
After boarding the cab, they had told him that they were heading to murder someone and wanted the cabbie to cooperate with them. An unnerved Meshram, sensing some foul play, had requested them to allow him to discontinue the ride. The woman had her face covered while the man was wearing a cap and a mask.
The man had held a firearm against the cabbie’s head and forced him to continue driving straight. This had led to a fight and the woman left a deep gash on the left side of the neck of Meshram with a knife. The couple, after throwing the cabbie out, drove the cab away with them.
After having fled with the cab, the couple abandoned the vehicle around five to six kilometers away on the Kharsoli-Pipla road and left the place leaving behind Meshram’s cash and mobile phone.
The incident has now left the city police baffled as they are unable to establish the motive behind the crime. The Hudkeshwar police team and crime branch are toiling for more than 24 hours to identify the couple, but their efforts have been in vain so far.
It’s learnt Meshram was waiting outside the station when the couple had approached him. They had finalized a deal of ₹300 for a ride to Besa.
The couple, after reaching Besa, had asked the cabbie to take them into the narrow bylanes. Meshram had objected to the request following which the fight had ensued.
An injured Meshram was helped by a school guard who alerted the control room. A team from Hudkeshwar police station had reached the place and rushed the cabbie to GMCH.
Senior inspector of Hudkeshwar police station Raghvendra Rajput said his teams had immediately fanned out in the adjoining areas and started searching in all the possible hiding places but none could be found. “CCTV cameras across the route and lanes were checked and even the footages of the railway station was checked. Still, till now, there is no clue about the couple,” said Rajput.
Around a couple of months ago, a cabbie from Nagpur was taken to Amravati and stabbed to death. His vehicle too was taken away by the perpetrators but later abandoned after meeting with the accident.