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NRI Brij Mohan Chhabra and his wife Aasha Chhabra found shot to death in Michigan



NRI arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder of NRI couple in Michigan

Troy, Michigan, March 16, 2008
Satinder Sharma

In 1998, Aasha Chhabra was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the chabra couple had entrusted Narayan Thadani with the sale of property and transferring funds from India to the US. According to the press report, in 2006, Aasha had filed a lawsuit against Thadani for siphoning off their valuable property and possibly millions of dollars.

On Friday, Narayan Thadani and Douglas Tabor were taken into custody from the Houston area by the FBI on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors claim the two El Salvadorian were promised $100,000 to kill the couple.

NRI Couple found shot to death in Michigan; 2 in Custody

Troy, Michigan, March 12, 2008
Satinder Sharma

After a routine traffic stop, Taylor police stopped two men and found blood in the car, a handgun and documents bearing the Delaware address. Police visited the house in Troy and found the bodies of a married couple who had been shot dead in two upstairs bedrooms. Troy police have identified the victims as Brij Mohan Chhabra, 65, and his wife Aasha Chhabra, 56. They had both been shot in the head on Tuesday.

Two El Salvadorian, Miguel Angel Servando, 40, a resident alien from El Salvador, from Katy, Texas, and Nelson Oswaldo Mendoza, 34, from Houston were arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, a life felony, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, which carries a two-year prison term.

Servando, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance-19 pounds of marijuana with intent to manufacture and deliver, but was not prosecuted. In February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ruled he should be deported.

Mendoza said that he understood the charges. “I did not use a firearm.Oakland County Prosecutor Kelly Chard asked Martone to deny bond for the suspects, stating that they were extremely high flight risks. Mendoza is a legal immigrant.

Brij Chhabra was a yoga teacher and information technology consultant. He ran a computer software business from his home. He was an active member of the Detroit Center of SRF and Song of the Morning, the Yoga Retreat of Golden Lotus, Inc., located in Vanderbilt, Mich. Brij had served on the board of Song of the Morning almost from its inception in the early 1970s.

Chhabra's neighbor said, "He was a very nice gentleman, spiritual, peaceful and trusting.

His wife Aasha was confined to a wheelchair, suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and had limited use of her hands. Her conditioned worsened and Chhabra have to hire a nurse to help care for Aasha since Brij's work often had him traveling out of the state.

The couple has one daughter, who recently graduated from the University of Michigan.




Brij Mohan Chhabra, 65, and his wife, Aasha Chhabra, 56. were found dead-- Photo by Shaun Byron Journal Register News Serv, dailytribune