A call was made during Amandeep Singh's funeral in India for
a speedy outcome to the police investigation into his
apparent murder in Gisborne.
Three-hundred mourners farewelled the 22-year-old at his home
village last week, in what his cousin describes as a tearful,
very moving funeral.
The homicide inquiry continues into his death in Gisborne on
the night of December 29.
The ashes of Mr Singh were taken to the village of Agwanpur
in Bijnor province, in the north of the country, by his
cousin Atma Sidhu.
The Singh family were anxious to see someone charged in
relation to Amandeep's death, Mr Sidhu said.
"They are hoping to see this tragic thing finished soon.
"They want to see someone caught for this very bad murder."
Police have been providing regular updates on their inquiry
to the victim's family.
A dozen detectives, including some from out-of-town, remain
involved in the investigation.
Head of Gisborne CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott,
said they were continuing to work through the information
they had received.
He is not providing a further public update on the
investigation at this stage.
The funeral service for Amandeep Singh lasted three days.
"Three days of prayers were held for him at the house where
he was born," Mr Sidhu said.
On Friday his ashes were taken 300 kilometres to a Sikh holy
place called Kartarbur in the Punjab.
"There is a big Sikh temple there and Amandeep's ashes were
scattered on a river nearby.
"Amandeep's mother and father attended, along with his
21-year-old sister Karmjeet Kaur, and most of his cousins,
uncles, aunts and others.
"It was a very sad funeral. Everyone was very tearful."
Mr Sidhu said Amandeep's mother Sukhwinder was doing much
She was critically ill 10 days ago and spent some time in
hospital on a drip, after refusing to eat following her son's
"I cannot say she is OK yet, but she is at home now," Mr
"She is slowly recovering from her ordeal."
- By Murray Robertson of the Gisborne Herald