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Indian-origin man dies after brutal assault in New Zealand

Wellington, PTI | Updated : 04 November 2013, 09:27 AM

 A 25-year-old Indian-origin man who was brutally attacked in New Zealand on Sunday has died at a hospital.

Tarun Asthana, a trainee teacher, was admitted to the Auckland City Hospital, after he was attacked allegedly by the boyfriend of a woman whose dress the victim had complimented on Saturday, The New Zealand Herald had reported on Sunday.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in central Auckland in connection with the case and charged with assault.

Eddie Lo, who was enjoying the night out with Asthana but left before he was attacked, said that the trouble flared after Asthana complimented the young woman on her dress.

According to the report, Asthana was punched in the head by the woman's boyfriend and fell with his head striking the pavement.

"She had a go at him because she thought he was hitting on her, and then her boyfriend runs up and smashes him in the head and runs off. He was just complimenting her and she went psycho," Eddie Lo was quoted as saying.

"It's so tragic that this could happen to him," he added.

First Published: Monday, November 04, 2013 09:26 AM

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