Community leaders led by Daljeet Singh of Sikh Supreme Society in Takanini have finally been able to establish the identity of the Indian man currently in critical condition in Auckland Hospital after three consecutive nights of intense reach out within the community.
However, Police still have to confirm and complete the identification process.
The man has been identified as Satpal Singh, a 26-year-old native of Malout, Muktsar, area of Punjab.
Mr Singh first arrived in New Zealand on November 10, 2013, as an international student and had just got three-year work visa a night before being assaulted and left on the road critically wounded.
Earlier, police had reported that an Indian man was left severely beaten on the footpath at approximately 10.20 p.m. on Tuesday (August 15) night on Great South Road, Takanini.
Since then Police has been trying to establish his identity with the assistance of members of the community and general public.
The man is believed to be living locally in Takanini, South Auckland.
The Indian High Commission has been active in keeping a touch with the members of community closely involved in assisting police in identifying the injured man.
High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli has spoken with the father of Mr Singh back in India and is closely monitoring the situation.
Mr Singh has a sister, who is married, and father who works for Punjab Police, in the family.
According to reliable sources within community involved in assisting police in the identification, Mr Singh was believed to be walking on the phone when someone hit him hard on the head from the back.
The man was found near McDonald in Takanini, South Auckland.
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Daljeet Singh, a community leader in South Auckland closely assisting police in identifying the injured person said,” We needed to identify him so that we could have informed his family and friends to support him at this critical moment.”
The Indian Weekender wishes Satpal Singh a speedy recovery and our prayers are with the family.