Death Of ‘Best Buddies’ Shocks Families Community

Plans by two friends to go watch an uncle take part in a main boxing event on Saturday fell short in a drowning incident. Rahul Chand, 12, and Vinal Sharma,
05 Dec 2016 10:50
Death Of ‘Best Buddies’ Shocks Families Community
From Left: Police unload the body of the late Vinal Sharma at his home in Bilalevu, Sigatoka Valley yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia Families try to comfort Vinal Sharma’s father, pundit Varun Deo Sharma, and mother Roselyn Sharma (top photo), at their home in Bilalevu, Sigatoka valley yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Plans by two friends to go watch an uncle take part in a main boxing event on Saturday fell short in a drowning incident.

Rahul Chand, 12, and Vinal Sharma, 9, both students of Loma Primary School were found dead by a search party. They are believed to have drowned.

The tragic news of the two boys sent shockwaves to residents of the Bilalevu community in the Sigatoka Valley, Nadroga.

Their bodies were recovered in a nearby river by a search party that included the community, Police, and divers from Warwick Resort and Spa.

The two students went swimming in a river, which was a stone throw away from their respective homes.

They had earlier accompanied Robin Chand, 34, Rahul’s father,who went to tie theirfamily horse a few metres away from their house.

This was a common routine for the two buddies as they were anticipating to travel down later to Prince Charles Park in Nadi to watch Rahul’s uncle, Abhay Chand, take on Opeti Tagi in the main bout of the Kiran Boxing Promotion that evening.

All the travel plans were cancelled when Mr Chand returned to discover their clothes on the river bank but no sign of the two. He called out to the two boys and tried in vain to find them before the community was alerted.

The search party was conducted with negative results going into the night until their discovery in the morning.

Rahul’s uncle, Pranil Chand, 36 said their loss was a bleak one.

“They were best friend and would do everything together,” said Mr Chand.

“They make sure that the cows grazed on time; and work in the fields despite the bees nest around; they would be beaten but they do what they loved best.”

Rahul was brought up by his uncle since he was a two-year-old toddler after his mother got separated from his father.

In addition, Vinal’s father Varun Deo Sharma, a Hindu pundit was not able to even hold himself when he saw his son’s body dragged out of the river.

“Who will I play with now, since he left us?” Mr Sharma lamented in wailing.

Vinal’s elder brother Vikrant Sharma, 21, was also lost for words holding a passport size photo of his late brother.

“We joked before he went down to graze the cows near the river,” he said.

“We were all preparing to travel to Nadi for the boxing programme but our travel was short-lived with what happened.

He said they were in shock.

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said, “Post mortem examinations will be conducted to confirm the cause of deaths as investigations continue.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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