New Zealand: Indian-Origin Man loses eye during knifepoint robbery

New Zealand: Indian-Origin Man loses eye during knifepoint robbery
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MELBOURNE: An Indian-origin man has lost an eye after he was allegedly attacked with a knife by four masked assailants at his family owned dairy in Hamilton, New Zealand, according to a media report.

Ajit Singh Farrar, 58, suffered serious facial and hand injuries when one of four masked assailants went at him with a knife during a lunchtime robbery at his dairy, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Farrar was working alone in the dairy on Irvine St on Monday when four hooded and masked men burst through the doors and attacked him with a knife.

Farrar tried to grab the blade while the other hooded thieves hurled goods inside the suburban store.

“He punched me in the eye, and I tried to take the knife off him. I had pushed the panic button. I am already bleeding but I’m not scared of him,” the report said.

“My eye is very bad, it’s ruptured the eyeball has gone, gone now,” Farrar said today.

Doctors at Waikato Hospital today told the Farrar’s family that his eye was not salvageable. He will need surgery to insert a prosthetic eye and also to stop the infection from spreading to the other eye.

“He remembers seeing a knife, he also had a cut to his hand, and lost a few teeth,” Farrar’s daughter said.

Waikato Detective Sergeant Scott Neilson confirmed that, “One of the men approached the victim with a knife while the others have tried to get into the rear of the store.”

After attacking Farrar, the four then fled the store, likely empty-handed, he said.

Police were now looking to identify a group of men captured on CCTV footage in the neighbourhood at the time of the crime.

“We would like to speak to the men identified in the picture who were in the area at the time, and hear from anyone who may have information,” Neilson said.

— PTI