Dec 23, 2020
Harnek Singh, 53, is Punjabi talkback radio host in Auckland. He was was critically injured in a violent attack in a south Auckland suburb and was taken to Middlemore Hospital for surgery. Around 10.20pm, while returning home from the day’s broadcast on Glenross Drive, Singh was stabbed multiple times with a sharp weapon. Sukhminder Singh, a family spokesman and colleague at Radio Virsa, a small Punjabi radio station in Papatoetoe, said he was heading home when a group attacked his car. “They smashed his windows and I don’t know how he got out, but he was badly injured. He had deep cuts, possibly from a sharp object,” Singh said. He said it wasn't the first time Singh has been assaulted – he claims there was an assault outside an Auckland restaurant on his birthday, in July. Singh, remains in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital after being assaulted in the driveway of his Glenross Drive, Wattle Downs home. “We have observed a big improvement in S. Harnek Singh’s health. There is no need to worry or panic; everything is under control.” Radio virsa stated on its website on December 28, 2020. However, it is believed to be religiously motivated as in the last few years, the authorities in NZ had heard eight complaints against Singh for comments he had made in Punjabi language to a caller about the Sikh sect Damdami Taksaal in response to recent violent incidents in India.