Bad weather de­lays car river sal­vage

Po­lice divers have been try­ing to clear sand and mud, be­cause the car is still deeply em­bed­ded in the river bed

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Bad weather and murky wa­ters in the Navua River, yes­ter­day de­layed the sal­vaging of the miss­ing Ku­mar fam­ily’s car.

Close to 10 Po­lice divers from the Po­lice Spe­cial Re­sponse Unit (PSRU) were at the scene but had to post­pone their op­er­a­tion. Po­lice Spe­cial Re­sponse Unit diving team have been try­ing to clear sand and mud be­cause the car is still deeply em­bed­ded in the river bed. Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Bri­gadier- Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said: “We had to call it off this morn­ing (yes­ter­day), be­cause of strong cur­rents, dirty wa­ter and ris­ing wa­ter level.

“We also called it off for the safety of the divers.”

Po­lice chief of in­tel­li­gence and in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Luke Navela yes­ter­day con­firmed that they would re­sume their op­er­a­tion as soon as it clears. “Sec­ondly the own­ers of the ma­chine that will be used to dig the sand and mud out want to work when the wa­ter is clear,” SSP Navela said.

Bri­gadier- Gen­eral Qil­iho said they would be meet­ing with Navy Com­man­der John Fox this morn­ing re­gard­ing the op­er­a­tion. “We will be meet­ing to seek his ad­vice on a few thing be­cause he is a very ex­pe­ri­enced diver.” The white taxi sta­tion wagon reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, LT 1511, be­longed to the Ku­mar fam­ily who went miss­ing on a rainy night 10 years ago. Taxi driver Daven­dra Ku­mar, 42, and Nirupa Devi, 32, daugh­ter, Dip­shika Ku­mar, 9, and son Ed­win Ku­mar, 3, were last seen leav­ing the As­sem­blies of God Church at Calia in Navua in a white taxi at around 9.30pm on April 19, 2006.

One year later, the par­ents’ re­mains, iden­ti­fied by their only sur­viv­ing daugh­ter Deepika Ku­mar, were found at a beach in Pa­cific Har­bour. Dip­shika and Ed­win are still un­ac­counted for.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

The Po­lice Spe­cial Re­sponse Unit diving team were un­able to con­duct their op­er­a­tion be­cause of bad weather.

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