THE BROKEN DAD

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Salvin Singh looks up, mum­bles some­thing and then keeps quiet. He does not have any men­tal health prob­lem which makes him do that.

But, the rea­son why he does it is be­cause of the love and nev­erend­ing mem­o­ries he has for his two daugh­ters. When­ever he does that, he com­mu­ni­cates spir­i­tu­ally with his daugh­ters, asks them how they are and tells them to take care un­til they meet again.

The bod­ies of his daugh­ters Sanah, 11, and Sa­ma­rah, 8, were found in the Nau­sori High­lands on Au­gust 26. His ex-wife, Nileshni Ka­jal, 34, and for­mer in-laws Nir­mal Ku­mar, 63, and Usha Ku­mar, 54, of Le­galega in Nadi were also found dead be­side them.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion that was car­ried out re­vealed that they had in­gested some chem­i­cal which caused their deaths.

Po­lice are await­ing the re­sult of fur­ther tests to as­cer­tain which chem­i­cal caused the deaths of the five peo­ple.

In an in­ter­view at his fam­ily home in To­muka, Lau­toka on Tues­day, Mr Singh said: “My two chil­dren were my life. They are not here with me to­day but I just look up at the skies and say a few words to them. They are al­ways in my mind and heart.

“The last time I saw them and my ex-wife was on Au­gust 24 when I went for my usual Satur­day meet­ing with my chil­dren,” he said. “I was supposed to at­tend a fam­ily func­tion dur­ing the day on Satur­day but I left that and went to see my daugh­ters be­cause they were ev­ery­thing to me.

“As usual, I did their shop­ping and took them around be­fore I dropped them in Le­galega later in the day.”

Mr Singh lived at his in-laws place for seven years af­ter mar­riage, dur­ing which pe­riod he wit­nessed them prac­tis­ing witch­craft, some­thing which he claims led to him sep­a­rat­ing from Nileshni.

The court gave him cus­tody of his daugh­ters from 8am to 5pm on Satur­days and Sundays.

He vis­ited them ev­ery Satur­day and spent time with them and their mother.

He last com­mu­ni­cated with his daugh­ters at about 10pm on Au­gust

24 when they wished him good­night on Viber, which was their nor­mal mode of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Mr Singh said he cel­e­brated Sanah’s birth­day in her school on Au­gust 1 and in­vited stu­dents and teach­ers from other classes too to cel­e­brate.

Sa­ma­rah’s birth­day was on Au­gust 31, the day the fu­ner­als were held for the Nau­sori High­lands tragedy vic­tims.

“I had bought a house in Lau­toka for my daugh­ters. But since I was liv­ing alone, I sold it and bought a car for one daugh­ter and a taxi for the other, which are in their name.

“I was look­ing at their short term hap­pi­ness be­cause I al­ready had long term plans to keep them happy,” he said.

“The reg­is­tra­tion plate of the car has Sana’s name and I went to the Land Trans­port Author­ity to change it but they told me to wait for a few weeks be­fore it can be done.

“I’ve also thrown away my mo­bile phone and wal­let be­cause I had their pho­tos in it and it just hurts me see­ing their pho­tos be­cause they were my ev­ery­thing and they have gone far from me. “I haven’t closed my Face­book ac­count be­cause it was all about my daugh­ters. It’s where I have saved their pho­tos and they will al­ways re­main there, for­ever. I’ve just shut my­self out from so­cial me­dia.”

Mr Singh also said that as per the Hindu rituals, he had the ex­change of mar­riage vows again with Nileshni at the fu­neral, say­ing he al­ways saw and treated her as his wife even though they sep­a­rated on Au­gust 7, 2013.

Ever since he learned about the death of his daugh­ters and exwife, he has not been able to sleep prop­erly and is de­pen­dent on pills pre­scribed by the doctor.

But the two pills that he is supposed to take does not work so he takes ei­ther three or four to help him sleep at night.

Po­lice are await­ing the re­sult of fur­ther tests to as­cer­tain which chem­i­cal caused the deaths of the five peo­ple.

Po­lice of­fi­cers at the crime scene in the Nau­sori High­lands where five bod­ies were found.

Hap­pier times ... Salvin Singh with his two daugh­ters Sanah, 11, and Sa­ma­rah, 8, be­fore the two girls were found dead at the Nau­sori High­lands in Au­gust 2019.

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