Moscow, September 24, 2004
An unidentified man in Moscow pumped several bullets into Indian businessman
Shravan Kaluri as he entered a building where he stayed.
The killer then fled even as the victim lay bleeding. Kaluri later
died in hospital.
Police described the crime as a contract killing but said it was too
early to ascribe a motive.
Shravan Kaluri, 33, originally of Andhara Pradesh, was shot dead while
opening the entrance of the building where he has been living with his
Police said Kaluri was returning home after dropping his daughter to
The killer, who was apparently waiting for the victim, shot at him
while he was pressing the entrance door code.
Kaluri fell on the ground after he was shot several times with a revolver
that was probably fitted with a silencer, police said.
The killer pumped several bullets into the profusely bleeding Kaluri
to make sure he was dead, police added.
Kaluri's neighbour, who was returning from her morning walk, found
him lying in a pool of blood and immediately called an ambulance.
Kaluri, who was still breathing when the ambulance reached the hospital,
died in the hands of the doctors.
Police are working on several clues, and said the murder is most likely
connected with Kaluri's business activities.
Indians who know him say he was doing customs clearance work, a highly
criminal business in Russia.
Apparently, he owed a lot of money to many Russians as well as Indians
and police speculated the murder could have been organised by one of
those to whom Kaluri owed a large sum of money.
Local daily MK speculated that Kaluri was involved in arms trading,
and perhaps Indians to whom Kaluri owed money organised his murder.
However, his Indian friends could not confirm this.
Kaluri had come to Russia for higher studies some years ago and stayed
back here after marrying a Russian girl.