Tragedy:

Grand­mother’s Dream Crushed

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A64-year-old grand­mother’s dream to one day see her el­dest grand­daugh­ter be­come an ac­coun­tant has been shat­tered. An emo­tional Suk Raji could not hold back her tears at their fam­ily home in Vusiya, Nau­sori yes­ter­day af­ter los­ing, Navneeta Nandika Prasad, 15. Navneeta’s body was re­trieved by Po­lice divers from the Rewa River on Mon­day af­ter­noon. Mrs Raji said she last spoke to Navneeta be­fore she left home last Satur­day. “On Satur­day she came to me and asked me for $10 and said she was go­ing to town and would be back by 3pm,” Mrs Raji said. Her wait was vain. “When I heard what hap­pened I didn’t be­lieve she would do any­thing like that. I brought her up since she was a baby and we’ve been to­gether ever since.” “I al­ways had a dream of her get­ting her dream job of be­com­ing an ac­coun­tant and get mar­ried, but it won’t hap­pen any­more,” she said.

Navneeta’s fa­ther, Virend Prasad de­scribed her only daugh­ter as a smart and obe­di­ent girl. “She was a good girl. She used to take part in re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties and we miss her a lot,” Mr Prasad said. He con­firmed that Navneeta had last con­tacted her brother at 6.30pm on Sun­day night. She was cry­ing and said she was at the bridge. Mean­while, the post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion of Navneeta that was con­ducted yes­ter­day re­vealed that she died from drown­ing. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

“Once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted the file will be sent to the Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate for in­quest,” Ms Naisoro said.

Her body was re­trieved by Po­lice divers from the Rewa River on Mon­day

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Virend Prasad with wife Lalita Devi and youngest son, Shelvin Prasad in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Suk Raji mourns the death of her grand­daugh­ter Navneeta Prasad in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Dead, 15 year-old Navneeta Prasad.

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