A 25-year-old Indian-origin teacher in New Zealand is fighting for his life in a hospital after being mercilessly attacked outside a McDonald’s in central Auckland on Saturday.

Tarun Asthana, a trainee teacher, was standing on the pavement after leaving McDonald’s when he and another man spoke briefly, police said. Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Florence said Mr. Asthana was punched in the head and fell “heavily,” striking his head on the pavement, local media reports said.

Meanwhile, the police on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with assaulting Mr. Asthana.