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Sikh man worried about his safety found dead in Dunedin

A newly-married Sikh man awaiting his wife’s arrival next month was found dead Monday morning in Dunedin, just days after reportedly being anxious about his safety.

Gurjit Singh was found dead outside his residence, covered in blood and shattered glass, in what the police are so far describing as “unexplained death.

A friend who came to check on the 28-year-old and found the body told the police he had come by since Singh had been uncharacteristically quiet for a few days. 

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The young man, who tied the knot in India six months back, had reportedly expressed apprehensions about a break-in at his Hillary St residence in the Dunedin suburb of Liberton. He had been reportedly exploring the possibility of installing security cameras.

Emergency services, including the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), rushed to scene at about 9am Monday, but paramedics could not revive Singh. Narindervir Singh, a spokesperson for Dunedin'sIndian community, said Singh looked in high spirits at a get-together with friends recently, news website Stuff quoted him as saying. 

Singh’s friends describe him as a "nice guy" and "very hard-working". He used to work for Chorus. Police have ruled out any ongoing threat to the community, suggesting the attack was specifically targeted at Singh. 

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident or who witnessed unusual activity at Hillary Street between January 28 and 29 to contact them at 105 or make an online report at 105.police.govt.nz, referencing file number 240129/7479.

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