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The wife of a British man killed following a confrontation with a Norwegian tourist at a Phuket hotel earlier this week has paid tribute to her husband.
Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, from London, had been staying at a hotel in the Karon area of the island with his wife Bandhna and their two year old son.
In the early hours Wednesday morning they were woken by loud noises coming from the room next door room.
According to a statement released by the family through the Sikh Press Association, Bandhna Kaur Bajaj said the Norwegian man “barged in through the balcony door”.
“He just started charging at my husband. And we wanted to make an exit but he just came running, hitting 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. He said, “Please just go, go, save Veer”
“I knew that my life was in danger and my baby’s life was in danger. So I hid under a tree”, Mrs Baja said.
“I called the reception, and I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband. I said “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.”
“My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero”, she said.
According to the Phuket News, the Norwegian man has been charged with manslaughter and trespass by an act of violence. However, conflicting reports in Thailand and in the UK claimed the Norwegian man had been released on bail.
He faces up to a maximum of 15 years in jail if found guilty.
The UK Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Phuket, and are in contact with the Thai authorities.”