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Worst Day of My Life: Grandma

Nirmala Wati played with her three grandchildren yesterday morning unaware of the terrible fate that awaited them. In the afternoon, the grandchildren and their mother were dead, killed in a
21 Jul 2017 11:00
Worst Day of My Life: Grandma
Grandparents Jai Narayan and Nirmala Wati weep for the loss of their loved ones in a house fire at River Road settlement, Narere, on July 20, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Nirmala Wati played with her three grandchildren yesterday morning unaware of the terrible fate that awaited them.

In the afternoon, the grandchildren and their mother were dead, killed in a fire that destroyed their home at River Road Settlement in Narere, between Suva and Nausori.

“This is the worst day of my life and the pain is unbearable,” said Ms Wati, 51.

“I will never forget what has happened to my daughter-in-law and my three beautiful grandchildren today.”

Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Those killed were:

  •  Ranjana Wati, 31, mother.
  •  Praneesha Narayan, a four-year-old girl.
  •  Pranesh Narayan, three-year-old boy
  •  Guddia, 18-month girl.

Ms Wati said: “We used to call the youngest, Guddia . I will not hear the sound of their innocent voices calling out aaji (grandma) anymore.”

Ms Wati, the grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, had earlier visited her son, Amitesh Avikash Narayan, 29, at the Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital. He was there after he drank the weedkiller, paraquat on Wednesday following a domestic dispute.

“My daughter-in-law went to visit him at the hospital this morning (yesterday) with the children. She had gone to see the counsellor at the hospital also,” Ms Wati said.

“I was with her and the counsellor advised her that the chance of survival for my son was very less therefore she needed to be strong and take care of the children.

“She then came home and set fire to the house. I am still shocked because I was holding my beautiful grandchildren this morning at the hospital.

“I can’t believe they have left me forever, and I will never see or hold them in my arms again.”

Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Grandfather, Jai Narayan, his head bowed, was crying and could not say anything.

His son, Vinay Narayan, said that the family had just moved to River Side Settlement about six months ago.

“The couple always had problems and they used to fight frequently,” Mr Narayan said.

“We were at the hospital this morning to visit her husband. She later left saying that she would visit the hospital again. She came home and we were then informed that this tragic incident had occurred.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that on July 19th the complaint of an attempt to commit suicide by Amitesh Avikash Narayan was lodged at the Nasinu Police Station.

She also confirmed that he remained admitted in hospital in critical condition.

The National Fire Authority is investigating the cause of the fire.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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