By Asia Samachar Team | THAILAND / SINGAPORE |
“Please just go, go, save Veer”!”
These were among the last words Amitpal Singh Bajaj told his Singaporean-born wife when he was in a scuffle with a Norwegian in the morning of Wednesday (21 Aug 2019).
Amitpal, the 34-year-old Malaysian-born IT consultant who held British citizenship, perished in the scuffle on the night before he was scheduled to leave with his wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj and two-year old son Veer Singh.
But things did not go as planned when the last night on the Thai island turned into a nightmare.
In a statement sent to Asia Samachar, Bandhna recounted the events that led to the tragic loss of her husband.
Her sequence of events disputes suggestions, as shared by some local Phuket media, that Amitpal had confronted the Norwegian man involved in the incident.
In the statement, Bandhna said that in the early hours (0000 hours) of 21 August, she said the family was asleep at the Centara Grand Hotel in Karon, Phuket, when she heard loud noises from the adjoining room, but went back to sleep.
Close to 4am, she said loud noises and banging started coming from their folding panel balcony door, which separated both rooms. At this juncture, she woke her husband up who confirmed that someone was trying to knock open the balcony door.
He told her to call security, and she called the hotel reception desk to ask for urgent security help. That was the first call for help she made. Security, however, did not arrive as the banging on the door grew more ferocious and so she called again for help.
She said that almost as soon as the call ended, a fully-naked big-built Caucasian man – later came to be known as 53-year-old Norwegian Roger Bullman – barged in through the balcony door and stormed aggressively towards Amitpal.
She said that this was the first time they had ever seen Bullman.
“He barged into our room. He just started charging at my husband. And we wanted to make an exit but he just came running, hitting my husband. And 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. He said, “Please just go, go, save Veer”!”,” she said in the statement.
Carrying her baby, Bandhna said she dashed out of the hotel room and towards the lift, looking for help and she noted that Bullman was shouting out to her asking her where she was going.
As she turned around to look, she said she saw her husband fall to the ground in the corridor outside the hotel room door.
Bandhna said she took the exit staircase and ran down a few flights of stairs to the ground floor as Bullman was still shouting after her.
She said she then found a tree and hid amidst the bushes in a dark area near the hotel spa with her son in her arms.
“I knew that my life was in danger and my baby’s life was in danger. So I hid under the tree and I used my phone again and I called the reception, and I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband. Please give him some medical help, I’m very scared, I’ve escaped!”
“I could still hear him screaming. I didn’t want to be attacked,” she said.
On a further call to the hotel reception, she said she found help as a buggy arrived. Still clutching on to her young son, she ran towards it asking the driver to take her to the hotel lobby. While she waited in the lobby, Bandhna said she urged the reception to get someone to help her husband and to check if he was fine.
The ambulance and police subsequently arrived at the hotel lobby at around 4am and took Amitpal to Patong hospital, where Bandhna learnt about her husband’s death.
“My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero,” she said.
Amitpal will be cremated at the Mandai crematorium in Singapore on Saturday (24 Aug).