A 34-year-old British Sikh man, Amitpal Singh Bajaj, has been choked to death reportedly by a ‘drunken’ Norwegian man after they got into an argument at a hotel in Thailand.
The victim, his wife and two-year-old son were in Thailand for a holiday and were staying in the five-star Centara Grand Hotel in Phuket at the time of the fatal confrontation with the accused Roger Bullman, 53, of Norway.
The victim reportedly told Bullman to keep the noise down as his wife and son tried to sleep, his family was quoted as saying by the report. Bullman then forced his way into their room via the balcony and strangled Bajaj, his family claimed.
His wife said her husband “sacrificed his life” to save her and their son. According to Mr. Bajaj’s wife, Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, “My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero”, she also added that the attacker “barged” into their room naked and “just started charging at my husband… my husband tried to block the man and move me and my son away. As the man was kicking, punching and just beating him up, my husband told me to please leave and save our son”.
Bandhna, from Southall, said she grabbed their two-year-old son Veer Singh and fled the hotel room to look for help. The British consular officials in Thailand were in contact with Bajaj’s family and had informed them about his tragic death. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Norwegian citizen had been arrested in Thailand and is being provided consular assistance.