Kerala man murdered in Saudi Arabia

Dubai:  A 45-year-old Indian worker has been murdered allegedly by a compatriot in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

The victim, identified only as Shasthitharan, was murdered by his friend Sunil on Tuesday, media reports said.

The murder is said to have taken place in the early hours of Tuesday, when accused Sunil went into victim's room while he was asleep and stabbed him several times with a kitchen knife.

Both the victim and accused are residents of Kerala.

According to the media reports, both used to live in the same building in a residential complex in Batha city center in different apartments in the capital.

Police arrested Sunil hours after the incident. The victim was married and his wife Saumini lives in Kerala. Shasthitharan had been living in Saudi Arabia since 1985.

He had returned to Riyadh only 45 days ago following his annual vacation.

Sunil is believed to have confessed his crime but the police are currently carrying out investigations to find out if more people were involved in the murder. The motive of the killer is also not known.

Story First Published: May 11, 2012 12:25 IST

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