Rajdeep Singh, a 25-year-old from Punjab who had gone to New Zealand in pursuit of a bright future and better job prospects, died after drowning in the sea there, his family said here on Thursday.
"Rajdeep, had gone to the University of Technology in Auckland to do a two-year diploma course in February 2009. He was an intelligent student and always wanted to do big in life," Sohan Inder Singh, maternal uncle of the deceased, told reporters here late Thursday evening.
Singh added, "He went for a picnic at a sea beach there and drowned while playing with friends last Saturday. The family members are still very shocked."
Rajdeep was the only son of his family that resides here in Sector-71, Mohali, around 10 km from Chandigarh. His father Sukhbir Singh is a retired bank manager while his mother Harpreet Kaur is a teacher.
"The body of my nephew has reached New Delhi and I would go there on tomorrow (Friday) to bring it back to Mohali. His cremation will be done here Saturday," said Singh.