NZ International student from Punjab stabbed to death by husband

Police investigating a murder on Queen St.

An International female student Parmita Rani, 22, from Punjab has been reported to be killed in a double stabbing in central Auckland. She is thought to be an English language student from Punjab, India.

Parmita Rani, 22, died following the incident at AWI International Education Group building on Queen St yesterday.  Another person has gone to hospital with serious injuries.

The victim killed in the attack is a woman from Punjab was learning English at a language school that has about 140 students.

A witness said her assailant went to reception at the school, then stabbed her when she came out of an exam.

A victim was seen being carried from the scene unconscious with stab wounds to the throat.

It’s believed the person in custody is the dead victim’s husband, who was here from Punjab on a tourist visa. The 29-year-old offender has been charged with murder.

Criminal investigators and specialist police staff are on their way to the scene, police say.

Joe Johar was on his way to work when he saw one victim emerge from the building, bleeding from the neck.

“I saw a guy who got stabbed on the neck, he was bleeding badly, the man who stabbed them is still up there, the girl who died is still up there as well,” he says.

Classmates pay tribute

Classmates of Parmita Rani, the victim of the stabbing, at an international school in central Auckland yesterday have paid tribute online.

Ms Rani’s friends and classmates have shared their grief on the AWI International Education Group Facebook page.

Nobil Verma wrote, “we gonna miss ur smile”, while Rana Mukarram wrote that everyone was very sad.

“We always remember you in our good words.”

The Facebook page’s administrator’s wrote that Rani was a “cheerful and friendly person” and asked that students pray for her family.

“May your Soul Rest in Peace.”