Pakistan chef arrested for murder remanded in custody for 15 days

Muhammad Abid, 26: He is suspected of murdering his colleague at a restaurant in Hulhumale' on April 16, 2022. (Photo/Maldives Police Service)

The Pakistani chef arrested for the murder of a waiter at a restaurant in suburban Hulhumale’ has been remanded in custody of the police for 15 days.

The victim, identified by police as a Bangladeshi male, was found stabbed to death inside Khanji, a popular restaurant in Hulhumale’ where he worked as a waiter, on Saturday evening.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Hulhumale' Hospital.

Muhammad Abid, 26, a Pakistani national who worked as a chef at the restaurant, was arrested for the murder after an hours-long manhunt on early Sunday.

A police spokesperson told Sun that Abid was presented before the Hulhumale’ Court for his remand hearing on Sunday night.

The murder had reportedly been prompted by a disagreement inside the restaurant’s kitchen, as the staff prepared meals for iftar.

Abid had fled the scene after attacking his colleague, prompting the police to release his picture. Police warned he was dangerous, and urged the public not to approach him and call 119 if seen.

He was arrested from the beach area of the newly populated Hulhumale’ Phase II on early Sunday.

The murder prompted concerned Bangladeshi nationals to gather, first outside Khanji, and later outside the Bangladesh High Commission, calling for justice for the victim.

The case is under investigation by the Serious and Organized Crime Department.