Pas­tor Breaks Si­lence

‘We have been pray­ing for them,’ says AOG Pas­tor

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The wife of a pas­tor saw the Kumars turn left from the As­sem­blies of God Church to­wards the Navua Bridge on the night they dis­ap­peared. Pas­tor Deven­dra Sa­gar who was serv­ing at the AOG Church in 2006, made the dis­clo­sure yes­ter­day. The Kumars were mem­bers of his church. The Kumars’ car has been found in the Navua River not far from the church. Taxi driver Daven­dra Ku­mar, 42, wife Nirupa Devi, 32, and their chil­dren Dip­shika Ku­mar, 9, and Ed­win Ku­mar, 3, were last seen leav­ing the church at Calia in Navua in a white taxi at around 9.30pm on a rainy night of April 19, 2006.

One year later, the par­ents’ re­mains, iden­ti­fied by the only sur­viv­ing daugh­ter Deepika Ku­mar, were found at a beach in Pa­cific Har­bour. Dip­shika and Ed­win are still un­ac­counted for. Pas­tor Sa­gar de­scribed Mr Ku­mar as a very quiet man and Ms Devi as a very de­voted Chris­tian. “My wife was the last to see them leave the church. “She said she saw them turn left in­stead of turn­ing right to go up to their home at in Rai­waqa,” Pas- tor Sa­gar re­called yes­ter­day. “When we got the news they dis­ap­peared we were shocked. We have been pray­ing for them ever since.”

Pas­tor Sa­gar, how­ever, raised his con­cerns on how the divers back then could not find the car de­spite nu­mer­ous searches in the river. “Our con­cern is that how come an or­di­nary diver just wear­ing a gog­gle was able to find the car while go­ing to dive for fish, when the Po­lice divers had searched around in 2006,” he said. Cur­rent Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho did not wish to com­ment on that 2006 event.

Paulini Rat­u­lailai

As­sem­blies of God church in Calia where the Ku­mar fam­ily were mem­bers. Photo:

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