Brother Heard of Family Tragedy While on a Hol­i­day

Fiji Sun - - Highlands Tragedy - WAISEA NA­SOKIA Edited by Ranoba Baoa

The brother of the late Nir­mal Ku­mar said he and his family re­ceived the tragic news while on hol­i­day in In­dia.

Ra­jesh Ku­mar and his family jet­ted into the coun­try yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing away for al­most a month.

Ra­jesh is the younger brother of the late Mr Ku­mar.

Mr Ku­mar and his wife, Usha, their daugh­ter, Nileshni Ka­jal and their grand­chil­dren, Sana, 11, Sa­ma­rah, 8, were found dead in the Nau­sori High­lands on Mon­day. One-year-old Sa­maira Ku­mar was found alive.

Heart­bro­ken Ra­jesh said: “We went for a va­ca­tion and vis­ited Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and In­dia for a month.

“We got the mes­sage about the deaths in Cal­cutta. But I last spoke to my brother on Thurs­day last week.”

The last con­ver­sa­tion he had with Mr Ku­mar was re­mind­ing him to switch off the lights at their house.

“That is how we nor­mally looked out for each other.”

Ra­jesh also re­vealed how Mr Ku­mar had just re­turned from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, be­fore they left for In­dia.

Ra­jesh was still ques­tion­ing how such a tragedy could have struck their family. “It is shock­ing. What hap­pened? How did they leave the house in such a hurry that they for­got to in­form oth­ers?

“What was the point of park­ing the ve­hi­cle in that carpark and hop into an­other car? “How they were killed? And why so in such an in­hu­mane way?

“We are real brothers and we did not have any major mishaps.

“We shared the pooja place and we shared our car­pen­try tools.”

Vigil and fu­neral rites

Ra­jesh said the last fu­neral rites would be held at Vo­tualevu Col­lege on Satur­day.

The cas­ket will be brought to their res­i­dence for view­ing for the close-knit family be­fore the cre­ma­tion at Vo­tualevu Ceme­tery.

Mr Ku­mar’s el­der brother who lives in Canada is also ex­pected to ar­rive to­day.

A prayer vigil will be held at the Hand­i­craft Cen­tre in Nadi at 6pm to­day. Or­gan­iser, Mo­hammed Aiyaz, said last night: “We will have a pun­dit, maulana and a pas­tor.

“Wear black or bring a black rib­bon and come and pray for the lost souls.” Mean­while, Po­lice pres­ence was still heavy at the home of the de­ceased in Le­galega, Nadi, last night with the home still be­ing cor­doned off..

A prayer vigil will be held at the Hand­i­craft Cen­tre in Nadi at 6pm to­day while the fu­neral for the five will be held to­mor­row at the Vo­tualevu Ceme­tery.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Ra­jesh Ku­mar with wife, Su­man Lata, and chil­dren, Resh­mika Lata and Ra­jnil Ronesh Ku­mar at their home in Le­galega, Nadi on Au­gust 29, 2019.

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