Ram Khatry I 18 February 2020 I Football-loving Nepalese youths are in shock and disbelief following unexpected death of a bubbly and sporty community member whose body was retrieved from water off Wattamolla Beach yesterday afternoon.
NSW Police discovered Amit Sonar’s remains after his wife filed a missing person report on Sunday, a community leader told southasia.com.au citing sources close to the tragedy-stricken Sonar family.
Anil Pokhrel from Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Australia said Mr Sonar was a “jolly, charming” character who had become a part and parcel of the community sports environment.
“He was an extremely friendly and happy kind of guy, went to gym quite regularly. I was so shocked when I heard about it earlier today,” the treasurer of NRNA Australia told southasia.com.au Tuesday evening.
He stated that Mr Sonar had found his partner and gotten married since moving to Australia in 2009. “He married a Nepalese lady after he moved to Australia,” Mr Pokhrel said.
Mr Sonar’s wife lives in Tasmania, southasia.com.au understands, having moved there since last year hoping for better visa prospects.
According to the NRNA Treasurer, Mr Sonar’s wife had been unable to contact her husband since Saturday and that she eventually contacted NSW Police Force on Sunday seeking their help to track down her husband.
She has arrived back in Sydney since police retrieved her husband’s body amid tragic circumstances.
Police are not treating Mr Sonar’s death as suspicious, it is understood.
Community leaders of Sydney’s Nepalese diaspora have been in regular contact with the bereaved family. “Parents are said to be in bad shape, passing in and out,” Mr Pokhrel said and hence, community leaders have been dealing with the brother-in-law of the deceased who is with the parents back in Nepal.
They have called on the diaspora to arrange for the repatriation of their son’s body so that they can perform his last rites in Nepal.
Officials of Granville FC and St George Friends FC, two community football clubs the deceased was associated with, are currently circulating text messages calling on fellow Nepalese Australians to make donations to the personal bank account of the deceased’s wife so that a speedy repatriation of the remains could be arranged.
People wishing to help out the Sonar family can do so by remitting funds to Anu Joshi BSB 062 161 A/c 1037 9026