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Indian origin man Tarun Asthana dies after attack in New Zealand

Auckland, Nov 5 (): A 25-year-old Indian-origin trainee teacher in New Zealand, who was fighting for his life, died on Monday after he was punched outside a fast food outlet in central Auckland.

Tarun Asthana, a trainee teacher, was mercilessly attacked outside a McDonald’s outlet in central Auckland. After leaving McDonald’s, he was standing on the pavement when he and another man spoke briefly on Friday, police said. The incident, which left the man unconscious, occurred at about 5.10 am.

Peter Florence, detective senior Sergeant said Asthana was hit in the head and he fell down “heavily”, striking his head on the pavement. Florence said the supposed attacker had been in McDonald’s with several other men and women and the group had left straight after the attack. Police added, Asthana was taken immediately to Auckland City Hospital, where he remained on life support.

The offender described as being Polynesian of solid build and wearing a light blue, long sleeved shirt, left on foot walking towards Quay Street. It is understood he was with at least two other people. He also had a tattoo on his right forearm. A friend of Asthana alerted emergency services about what happened.

Meanwhile, police on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old man, Grenville David McFarland and charged him with attacking Asthana. He appeared in the Auckland District Court and McFarland will reappear in court on November 15.

Inquiries were continuing and police were in search of any information from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the assault.

Asthana’s friend Eddie Lo said that his friend’s death was heart-breaking adding that Asthana had the gift of motivating and inspiring others. Another friend said he was a great guy who was nice to be around.

Asthana’s friends said his mother was at his side praying. The waiting room and the entire hallway were packed up with friends and family,with a lot of grieving, and crying.