The Indian Weekender has reliably learned that the Kiwi-Indian man Sikander Pal Singh who died on Monday, January 17, in a road accident has only recently moved to Christchurch from Hamilton in June 2021 to work in the construction industry.

He was working as a fiber technician for a firm called Civtech Limited.

Earlier it was reported on Monday that a man was killed in a crash between two trucks just south of Christchurch in a crash between a light truck and another truck at the intersection of Main South Rd (State Highway 1) and Rolleston Drive.

The police confirmed the identity of the deceased this morning as Indian national Sikander Singh.

Sikander came to New Zealand in 2018 on a student visa for studying a Graduate Diploma course in IT at the Wintec Institute of Technology (WINTEC) and since then moved on a work visa.

Currently, he was on an Essential Skill Work Visa and working towards his residency.

Surinder Singh, a close friend of Sikander who knew him from their early days at WINTEC told the Indian Weekender that the latter was a native of Gurdaspur, district of Punjab.

He is survived by an elder brother and mother (as their father has passed away earlier).

“The unfortunate news was delivered to his brother back in India,” Surinder said.

Meanwhile, local Indian community leaders in Christchurch are rallying to provide any and as much support needed by the next of kin and assure them of all possible help in this distressful hour.

Thomas Shahji Kurien a local community leader told the Indian Weekender that he visited the friends of the deceased along with another local community leader Narinder Singh Warrich and offered all possible help.

Indian High Commission on standby, assures all possible help regarding repatriation

Expressing shock and grief for this unfortunate death in the community, High Commissioner of India Muktesh Pardeshi told the Indian Weekender that their office was on standby to act as expeditiously as possible and provide all necessary support.

“Our office has spoken to the next of kin and we will help, as usual, depending on family wish and circumstances,” Mr Pardeshi said.