On Saturday, a tragic incident unfolded at the Mexico City International Airport (AIMC) when an Indian citizen named Ketan Bharabhai, 39 years old, was shot and killed after withdrawing $10,000 from a money exchange office.
Ketan, a native of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, had been residing in Mexico for several years. He worked as a financial director in a pharmaceutical company. The Indian community in Mexico has expressed their sorrow over the unfortunate events that took place near the Miguel Aleman viaduct in the Algarin neighborhood of CDMX.
Assault on Indian citizen in Mexico
The attack occurred on the aforementioned viaduct when two men on a motorcycle approached the vehicle that Ketan was driving. They attempted to rob him of his money and shot him seven times.
Ketan’s father, who was with him at the time of the attack, was unharmed. According to the District Attorney’s Office of CDMX, he later gave a statement to the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of personnel from the Indian embassy, who helped with the translation.
The Indian embassy is working with local authorities to identify the alleged assailants, believed to be part of a gang that targets account holders and users of exchange bureaus who withdraw money at the airport.
Mexico City District Attorney’s Office requested support from the Indian embassy
In a statement, the Indian embassy said, “In an extremely unfortunate and heartbreaking incident, an Indian citizen living in Mexico has been tragically shot dead. Embassy & @IndianAssoMex are in touch with his family and extending their full support. We demand Mexican authorities to apprehend the culprits as soon as possible.”
On Sunday, the CDMX District Attorney’s Office announced that they had sought the assistance of the Indian embassy in the investigation into the robbery and homicide of Ketan on the Miguel Aleman viaduct.
In a statement, the authorities of the capital revealed that they had opened an investigation into the intentional homicide by firearm against a foreign national. “The prosecutor’s office called the Indian embassy in Mexico to request consular assistance and the intervention of an expert translator,” the statement added.