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Relatives Watch In Pain As Body Pulled From River

Relatives Watch In Pain As Body Pulled From River
Bal Krishna Goundar trying to console his granddaughter Ranjani Sami after her brother Monish Sami was still not recovered from Kasavu river following a road accident on July 17, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 18
10:00 2018

Relatives of Kausal Singh, 25, cried, hugged and watched in despair as his body was retrieved from the Rewa River yesterday.

He was killed after the car he was in veered off the road and plunged into the river, at Drekenakelo in Kasavu near Nausori.

He was believed to be on his way to work when the accident happened.

The accident occurred at about 4am. It was believed that he was travelling from Baulevu towards Nausori when the accident occurred.

Eyewitness Wadud Ali said he heard the sound of tyres and ran out of the house to check where it came from.

“I was inside the house when I heard the sound of speed and ran out to see what happened. When I came outside I saw a hybrid car tumbling down the hill and into the river,” Mr Ali said.

“I ran towards the scene and could see the car slowly going down and the lights still on. I called the Police and they were at the scene after 5-10 minutes.

“I was still in shock. I feel sad because the occupants were not able to survive.”

It is believed that Monish Sami went to pick up the late Mr Singh. Mr Sami was employed by the Ravindra Transport Ltd.

Ranjani Sami who is the sister of missing Monish Sami was emotional as she described her brother.

“My brother was someone who never talked back and was someone we will forever miss. We were close because there were only two of us. I never thought that my younger brother would be called to rest this soon.

“My brother was someone who puts everyone first and was very much attached to our grandmother. He graduated in electrical engineering at FNU but he loved driving and that was why he started driving for Ravindra Transport Ltd.

“He came to my place on Saturday and he bought ice cream for my kids and that was the last time we talked to him. It was a happy day for us especially for the children and we didn’t know that would be the last time we would be together.

“We are hoping that his body is retrieved so that our family can have peace of mind. This is a hard time for us and it is hard to accept that my brother is no more.”

Ms Naisoro said it was still unclear how many people were in the car.

“Divers from the Police Special Response Unit will continue to search the Rewa River until dark as it is still unclear as to how many people were in the vehicle that veered off the road along Kasavu in Nausori early this morning,” Ms Naisoro said.

“The body of a 25-year-old man from Baulevu, Nausori was recovered earlier in the day and investigators are still gathering information.

“Visibility is quite low as officers are diving up to a depth of 30 to 40 metres where they had located the vehicle which was pulled out from the river this afternoon. The search will continue as long as daylight permits and is likely to continue tomorrowmorning (today).

“We are also calling on anyone who has information that could assist our investigators to call the Eastern Division Command Centre on 9905 563 or Crime Stoppers on 919.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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