The missing Indian man of Masterton Gurwinder Singh had last visited his family back in India about three months ago.

This was revealed by the office of the Indian High Commission to New Zealand in Wellington who is continuously in touch with local police, friends and the family of Mr Singh back in India.

Speaking to the Indian Weekender Second Secretary (Consular) Paramjeet Singh said, “We are continuously in touch with the family of Mr Singh in India assuring of all kind of help in this stressful period.”

“We are also in touch with New Zealand police who are doing everything they can to find Mr Singh.”

“However, the fact that most of Mr Singh’s personal belongings were found very close to the sea and that he was not a swimmer signals the worst.

“Though the chances are getting slim by the day, we still hope for a positive outcome,” Paramjeet Singh said.

Gurwinder Singh, a native of Sangrur, Punjab, had first arrived in New Zealand about four years ago on a student visa and was working as an Assistant Manager in a pizza shop.

Earlier the Indian Weekender had reported that the family of the missing Indian man from Masterton – Gurwinder Singh Dandian – has told local media that talks were going on for his marriage.

A piece of news appearing in the local Indian media the Hindustan Times quoted Gurwinder’s father, Rajwinder Singh saying, “The talks of his marriage were going on. We had sent him the pictures of a girl, but he had not replied.”

The last confirming sighting of Mr Singh was reported near a beach 1.5 kilometres of Cape Palliser Lighthouse (Masterton) around 4-4.30 p.m. on Tuesday. This was about 100 kilometres south

An initial search mission by police had found Mr Singh’s belongings, including his car near the Wairarapa beach causing “grave concerns” for his safety as was not a swimmer.

Subsequently, the Police Dive Squad had completed a water search, and a shoreline search by Thursday, with further shoreline search activity and another aerial search of the area being planned.

The police is encouraging anyone with information about Mr Singh to contact Masterton Police on 06 370 0300.