Teary farewell for Phuket victim Amitpal Singh Bajaj

Friends and family of Amitpal Singh Bajaj, who was killed during a fight at a resort in Phuket, gathered for a teary farewell before his cremation on Saturday (Aug 24), reports Singapore newspaper Today

Friends and family gathered for a teary farewell before his cremation on Saturday – Photo: Today. Right: Profile photo from Amritpal’s Facebook page
Amitpal Singh Bajaj and wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj and their son Veer Singh – Photo: Supplied by family

SINGAPORE — Days after her husband Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, died following an early morning altercation in Phuket with a Norwegian man in their hotel room, Ms Bandhna Kaur Bajaj is still reliving the horror of the traumatic incident.

“Since I came back (from Thailand), every morning I would get startled when it gets noisy outside the house, and my son will grip my hand tighter, because we are so afraid that someone will break in and hurt us,” said Ms Bandhna, 34, to TODAY in an interview on Saturday (Aug 24) at her Katong home.

Her husband, a British national who worked as an app developer, was cremated at Mandai Crematorium on Saturday. More than 100 relatives and friends turned up at their home to sing hymns in a teary farewell.

Friends from Britain and India turned up as well to pay their last respects to the man who was known in the international Sikh community as a singer of devotional Sikh hymns.

The fatal fight at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel between Amitpal and Norwegian Roger Bullman, 54, who stayed in an adjacent room, came about in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday.

As for her plans, all she hopes for now is to be able to heal and support her son as a single mother, though she believes it would not be possible to fill the void left behind by Amitpal.

“Everybody — my brother, my cousins, my father — has told me that they will be like father figures to Veer. But no matter how much love they give him, they can’t replace him.”

Describing how her late husband would sing hymns to Veer daily to help him sleep, she said her son now has difficulty sleeping, looking around the room for his “dada”.

“A mother can do so much for her son, but a father’s love is different. If there is a Father’s Day in future, how will he feel? That is the space that I cannot ever fill,” she said.

Read full story, ‘S’porean woman hopes truth will come to light, as friends and family pay last respects to husband killed in Phuket fight’ (Today, 24 Aug 2019), here.



Tragic end to British Sikh family’s trip to Phuket (Asia Samachar, 22 Aug 2016)


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  1. All can sympathize but only family members know the real pain.
    May Wahe Guru Ji give strength to family to accept the reality and face future with courage. Bless all.
    Extracts from SGGS.
    Your body is made up of the five elements; you are clever and wise – know this well.
    Believe it – you shall merge once again into the One, O Nanak, from whom you originated.
    As the bubbles in the water well up and disappear again,
    so is the universe created; says Nanak, listen, O my friend!
    In good times, there are many companions around, but in bad times, there is no one at all.
    Raam Chand passed away, as did Raawan, even though he had lots of relatives.
    Says Nanak, nothing lasts forever; the world is like a dream.
    [Gursharan Singh [s/o Khajan Singh] Family in K.Lumpur]

  2. No words hugs or tears can describe yr pain Mrs Bandha but however life goes on.N U have to be strong emotionall n physically n mentally for our dear VEER.An Angel has left us but D Almighty has left one,VEER , for us to cheer n cherish❤❤❤Heartfelt condolences fron my family n me to U n yr loved once????❤❤❤❤????

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