Fiji-Born Hindu Pri­est in Sacra­mento Ar­rested for Al­legedly Killing His Lover’s Hus­band

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The Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia Indo-Fi­jian com­mu­nity is buzzing about the ar­rest of Hindu pri­est Raghua Sharma, who was al­legedly in­volved in killing his lover’s hus­band. Ashok Ku­mar, 60, a res­i­dent of Sacra­mento, was found dead around 11.22pm on Au­gust 12, at a home in the 8000 block of Grand­staff Drive, when Po­lice re­sponded to a call re­port­ing a bur­glary in progress. The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported that when the po­lice ar­rived they found a woman out­side the home and a man un­re­spon­sive on the floor in­side the home. The Sacra­mento Fire De­part­ment ar­rived and pro­nounced the man dead.

Po­lice said at the time the woman, who was the vic­tim’s wife, told of­fi­cers that she did not get a good look at the in­truder, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors did not believe it was a ran­dom in­ci­dent.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ued the search for sus­pects, and a month later ar­rested Ku­mar’s wife, Ro­hini Ku­mar, 53; Ti­wan Green­wade, 37; and Vicky Rain­one, 47. Fol­low­ing a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Fiji-born Sharma, 58, was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 20.

Po­lice have not re­leased a mo­tive for the mur­der, but mem­bers of the Hindu Amer­i­can com­mu­nity said Ku­mar’s wife Ro­hini was hav­ing an affair with Sharma. “He had a re­la­tion­ship with that woman, peo­ple were talk­ing about it in the com­mu­nity,” Su­nil Prakash told Fox 40 News. “Peo­ple, they think he was a pri­est and he was doing these wrong things, you know. What will he teach us?” Pan­dit Gir­war Ma­haraj told the news sta­tion that the vic­tim had a life in­surance pol­icy, and his wife and Sharma were try­ing to get the money to re­turn to their na­tive place in Fiji. “Every­body’s talk­ing about it. Oh man, dis­grace for the pri­est,” said Ma­haraj.

“A pri­est will not con­sider even killing an ant. So what to talk about killing a hu­man be­ing?”

Along with pri­estly ac­tiv­i­ties, Sharma also headed a se­cu­rity com­pany called All Sea­sonal Se­cu­rity Ser­vices, with of­fices in Sacra­mento, Sun­ny­vale and Fiji. The All Sea­sonal Se­cu­rity Ser­vices’ Web site lists Sharma as its CEO, and de­scribes him as a man with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in the se­cu­rity busi­ness. The com­pany, which was es­tab­lished in Sacra­mento in 2008, also notes his 14year ex­pe­ri­ence in the Fiji po­lice force, and his sixyear ex­pe­ri­ence in the ju­di­cial de­part­ment in Fiji. Sharma ap­par­ently put on a good pri­est garb every­where, in­clud­ing his Face­book page. He blessed homes, mar­ried cou­ples and re­port­edly helped with the fu­neral of his al­leged vic­tim, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Although the in­ves­ti­ga­tion sur­round­ing the cir­cum­stances is still on­go­ing, de­tec­tives believe that there are no out­stand­ing sus­pects. The case has been handed over to the Sacra­mento County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for re­view.

Ac­cused Raghua Sharma.

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