A 22-year-old native of Karnal, Manjit Singh, was reportedly found dead under suspicious circumstances at Mission Bay, a sea beach in Auckland, at around 6.30am (New Zealand local time) on Wednesday.
Manjit was scheduled to get a management degree on June 20 and his parents were planning to visit New Zealand to celebrate the occasion.
However, the family received a telephone call from Auckland in the wee hours of Wednesday that Manjit was found dead with injury marks on his face.
Deceased's father Jeet Singh and others met the local deputy commissioner to get back the body at the earliest for the last rites.
"My nephew Navneet Singh called me at around 4am today about this tragic incident. Manjit called us yesterday to inform that he was leaving to meet a relative in the vicinity. But he never reached there and his body was found nearly 40km away from his apartment," said Jeet Singh while suspecting that his son was killed by someone due to ulterior motive.
'HAD NO ISSUE WITH ANYONE'
"Manjit had been studying at International College of Auckland for the past two years and never faced any problem. Some of our close relatives are settled in Auckland and Manjit never complained of any issue with anyone," he said.
He said that a woman while strolling on the sea beach spotted the body and informed the police about it.
Following verification of official documents recovered from the body, the Auckland police identified Manjit and informed his local contacts about his death.
TWO SUSPECTS SPOTTED
Meanwhile, the deceased's father said that he was told that the police had spotted two suspects on the basis of CCTV footage, who were taking meals separately at the restaurant where Manjit was also seen.
"We have been informed that body may be brought back about after 12 days. But I only want the body flown back at the earliest to enable us perform the last rites," he said.
Meanwhile, Pritpal Pannu, a family friend of the Singh family, said that they would meet external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday for her intervention in the matter.