24 March 2020 I Troubled Nepalese Australians are urging young members of the diaspora to enjoy responsibly after a 23-year-old man dies in hospital following a nasty brawl between two groups of Nepalese youths.
Community leaders have taken to Facebook to express their grief and condemn violent behaviours identifying the deceased as Amit Karki. The Kathmandu youth had been living in Australia for some four years.
A number of other social media posts also confirmed the identity of the deceased. Hundreds have expressed their condolences at the passing of the Nepalese youth who appeared to be a popular young man always wanting to help others.
According to Daily Telegraph, four others who were involved in the fight last Saturday have been charged with affray. They have had to surrender their passports to police and are now required to refrain from drinking alcohol, nor can they enter any international points of departure or contact alleged victims and witnesses, the Telegraph reported today.
Mr Karki arrived in Australia some four years ago, he mentioned in a YouTube video posted November last year. In the same video, he recounted the kindness of an Australian woman who, one late night, offered him a sandwich and coffee after finding him asleep at the Strathfield Train Station. The lady even gave him $2.50, he claimed in the video, before telling him to come over to her house that she shared with her husband if he ever needed shower and food.
Mr Karki had been on life support ever since he was rushed to St George Hospital in the early hours of March 21. He had been partying with friends at a pub in Hurstville, south of Sydney.
According to police statement, officers were told two groups of men were drinking at the hotel on Forest Road when an argument broke out around 3.15am.
“The incident escalated with two men running from the hotel then falling 3m down a grass embankment on Railway Parade,” police said in the statement on Saturday.
Emergency services later found Mr Karki in the gutter with a severe head injury.
Compensation Lawyer Bharat Pokharel, also a member of the fast-growing Australian Nepalese diaspora, posted a poignant Facebook status questioning the behaviour of the two groups that fought at the Hurstville pub.
Mr Pokharel suggested that it was not the first time that Nepalese youths had fought between themselves under similar circumstances.