Deceased Indian work visa holder to be repatriated to Hyderabad

An Indian Vamshi Reddy Chinta Reddy, who had been in the country for nine years and was currently on a critical skills work visa and had died in Christchurch last week, will be flown home on Friday August 19.

Vamshi Reddy, 43, was originally from Hyderabad (Telangana State) in India and first arrived in New Zealand nine years ago on a student visa; died at Ashburton on Friday August 12th.

He worked as a dairy farm manager in Ashburton.

It was only recently, in June 2022, that her visa was renewed and a new Essential Skills Work Visa was stamped until 2025.

The Indian Weekender has reliably learned that Vamshi is repatriated on Friday, August 19 and will reach Hyderabad on August 21, where his aged parents are eagerly awaiting a final visit before the final dispatch.

Vamshi’s older brother is based in the United States of America, and he was the first in the family to hear the terrible news of his younger brother’s tragic death.

Many community leaders coordinated with local authorities, including the police, the coroner, the Indian High Commission in Wellington, the family left behind in India and government authorities in the Indian state of Telangana.

Among those who have been actively involved in coordination and support on the ground is Siva Killari, an Auckland-based business and community leader.

Siva has been actively involved over the past three days including visiting the deceased’s home in Ashburton and completing the necessary paperwork with the police funeral home and coordinating with the Honorable Consul of India Bhav Dhillon and the office of the Indian High Commission.

Speaking to Indian Weekender, Mr Killari said: ‘I flew to Ashburton as soon as someone from the community called me asking for help in arranging the repatriation of Vamshi Reddy.’

“We managed to get a death certificate last night and the necessary paperwork from the Indian High Commission office which is now being sent to Ashburton as we speak.”

“Funds needed for travel arrangements are generated with the assistance of the Indian High Commission office and fundraising by three community organizations, the NZ Telugu Association (NZTA), the Telangana Association of New Zealand (TANZ) and the Mana Andhra Telugu Association (MATA).

Jagan Vodanala, chairman of the New Zealand Telangana Rashtra Samithi party, was also speaking with the family and his neighbor in India.

“This is very bad news for Vamshi’s parents and family in India, and we express our heartfelt condolences,” Mr Vodanala said.

Anitha Mogilicharla and Suneel Kuncha, president and secretary of the NZ Telugu Association, also told the Indian Weekender they were rallying community members to support the fundraising initiative to help with Vamshi’s repatriation costs. Reddy.

The Honorable Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon, said: “This is very bad news for our diaspora communities, and our office at the Indian High Commission is in regular contact with parents in India and loved ones. parents here in Ashburton and offer all the help they can on the ground.

A Givealttle page has been created and a community appeal is launched to raise funds to cover the costs of repatriating Vamshi Reddy. (

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