Indian beaten to death in New Zealand road rage (Lead)

April 9th, 2009 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, April 9 (DPA) A 78-year-old Indian immigrant, who is said to have lived by the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, has been beaten to death in a road rage incident in New Zealand.
Jasmatbhai Pancha Patel died in Auckland Hospital Wednesday afternoon, a day after he was pulled out of his car and beaten following what witnesses described as a minor vehicle collision in suburban Mount Albert.

Patel emigrated to New Zealand 33 years ago and lived with his two sons, their wives and five grandchildren, helping at the family fruit market, news reports said.

The attack outside a primary school was seen by dozens of horrified school children, the New Zealand Herald said.

Police charged a 27-year-old student, Bio O’Brien, an immigrant from the Pacific island state of Tuvalu, with assaulting Patel.

“He (Patel) was the head of the family, totally Indian style … looking after the sons and then the grandchildren,” his 53-year-old son George Patel told the Herald.

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