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Pig Hunters In Shocking Find

Kini Naciqu and his group of pig hunters got more than what they were hunting for after discovering the partly-burned and decomposing body of a woman on Wednesday afternoon. Mr
10 Jul 2015 12:46
Pig Hunters In Shocking Find
Tagataga communtiy members transporting the body of Saleshni Lata into another vehicle to take to the Lautoka Hospital mortuary. (Picture of victim)

Kini Naciqu and his group of pig hunters got more than what they were hunting for after discovering the partly-burned and decomposing body of a woman on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Naciqu said: “We were hunting for pigs when our dogs picked up the stench so we decided to follow them. As we got closer we could heard the sounds of mongooses squealing and we headed there; that’s when we found the body with the mongooses nibbling at the victim’s leg.”

He said they were all shocked and surprised at finding the body.

“The body was in a crouched position and the victim’s legs were burned from the knee down,” he said.

The body is believed to be that of Saleshni Lata, 29, who was reported missing by her husband, Hem Ravnit Singh, 30, and her brother-in-law Ronit Singh, 29, last Wednesday.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) at around 3pm a group of men found her body while hunting for pigs,” the brother-in-law said.

He said the couple had three children who were closely attached to Ms Lata.

A devastated 50-year-old mum, Kanchana Lata, was in tears said she could not believe the fate that her daughter met.

“I never imagined this would happen and I do not know what to say or do because my eldest child is now gone,” Ms Lata said tearfully.

“I brought her and her two siblings up alone after their father had died and after I married my second husband we moved to Kabisi,” she said.

The Police chief of intelligence and investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Henry Brown, has confirmed the case.

“A partly-burned body was discovered by a 38-year-old farmer of Tagitagi Settlement in Sigatoka whilst hunting for pigs on Wednesday afternoon at Semo hill. We are exploring some leads that could help assist in identifying the victim with the assistance of family members,” ACP Brown said.

“The victim is believed to have been earlier reported missing however that is being verified.”

Meanwhile Police have confirmed that they are holding the husband in custody and are questioning him in connection with the body find. No charges have been laid because Police will need time to positively identify the body.

ACP Brown also said post-mortem results were still pending as investigations continued.

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