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  • Harchet Singh Gill's family spent a fortune to send him to NZ. (Supplied)
Indian farm worker Harchet Singh Gill died after becoming trapped in a potato harvester in Pukekohe in New Zealand.
2 Mar 2018 - 6:31 PM  UPDATED 22 Mar 2018 - 1:39 PM

A Punjabi youth died in a horrific farm accident in New Zealand belonged to a very poor family in Punjab, India.

Harchet Singh Gill hailed from village Bhagiwandar, near Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda District of Punjab.

His cousin Kulwant Singh Sanghera told SBS Punjabi that his family had spent a fortune to send him to New Zealand to study two years ago.

“His tragic death has shattered hopes and dreams of his family back in Punjab,” Mr Sanghera said.

“He was the youngest of three siblings and used to look after his family’s financials.

“He will be remembered as a hard-working, fun-loving man who single-handedly supported his family.

Worksafe is investigating to find the exact cause of Mr Gill's death.

It is understood that most of the farm workers were on lunch break when the accident occurred near Pukekohe, New Zealand on 17th February, 2018.

Mr Sanghera told SBS Punjabi that Harchet reached to take out something out of the potato harvester machine when he was pulled in. 

“We hope to band together and help this poor family that not only has to bear the tragedy of a lost family member, but the costs associated as well,” he said.

The community is coming forward to support the family through GoFundMe fundraiser.

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