UK police detain eight people in relation to the manager of an Indian restaurant's murder

A tragic incident unfolded on February 14 in the city of Reading, south-east England, resulting in the loss of 36-year-old Vignesh Pattabhiraman, a dedicated Indian restaurant manager. Pattabhiraman was cycling home from his workplace at the Indian restaurant Vel when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle at the Cadugan Place junction in the city. Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The untimely demise of Mr. Pattabhiraman has prompted a murder investigation by the Thames Valley Police, who have taken significant steps in the case this week, making a total of eight arrests. Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Brangwin of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit expressed condolences to Mr. Raman's family and reiterated the ongoing investigation, urging anyone with information to come forward.

A 24-year-old man from Reading was apprehended on Monday on suspicion of murder, while seven other men, aged between 20 and 48 and from the same city, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. These individuals remain in police custody, and the Major Crime Unit assures the public of continued police presence to address any concerns while the investigation progresses.

Meanwhile, in response to this tragic event, Pattabhiraman's friends and family initiated a Just Giving charity campaign to assist with repatriation costs and provide support for his grieving wife, Ramya. The campaign, aimed at easing the financial burden on the family during this difficult time, has garnered overwhelming support, raising over GBP 39,000 within a matter of days.

The campaign highlights Pattabhiraman's dedication to his work at Vel, where he was recognized for his warmth, customer service, and strong work ethic. It emphasizes his aspirations in the hotel industry, with an exciting opportunity awaiting him at Hyatt Regency Mayfair London. The funds raised are intended to cover repatriation expenses, and funeral costs, and provide support to Ramya and Pattabhiraman's family as they cope with this profound loss.

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