Mum Recalls Last Goodbye To Only Son

When Savitri Devi, waved goodbye to her son, she did not know that it would be the last time she saw him alive. Little did she know that their exchange
19 Jul 2018 10:00
Mum Recalls Last Goodbye To Only Son
Savitri Devi 58, with picture of her only son Kausal Singh , whoes body was recovered from the Drekenakelo, Kasavu on July 17, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

When Savitri Devi, waved goodbye to her son, she did not know that it would be the last time she saw him alive.

Little did she know that their exchange of “goodbyes” would be her son’s last words to her and her anticipation to see him back in the afternoon would be in vain.

The body of 25-year-old Kausal Singh was retrieved from the Rewa River on Tuesday morning, after the car he was traveling in plunged into the river.

The accident happened between 4am and 5am on Tuesday when Mr Singh with the driver of the vehicle, Monish Sami, were traveling from Baulevu, Tailevu, to Nausori.

He was a graduate electrician and worked with Goodman Fielder for more than a year.

Mr Singh’s 58-year-old mother, Savitri Devi, could not control her tears when the Fiji Sun visited her at their family home in Baulevu yesterday.

She did not only lose her only son, but also her friend who she shared her stories with.

Plans for and the hope to see her son get married were dashed as his wedding was planned for April, 2019.

Ms Devi’s husband had passed away when Mr Singh was a seven-month-old baby.

She had raised him and her two older daughters on her own despite the difficulties she encountered.

For the past few years, after both her daughters were married, the deceased and Ms Devi were planning a big wedding.

“My son and I were living alone before he decided to get married,” Ms Devi said.

“He was my only son. I wanted to host a big wedding for him. Everyone in our family were looking forward for his wedding.

“I had the dream of seeing him dressed like a bridegroom. But, I did not know that I would see him like this,” Ms Devi added.

She described her son as a wise and happy person. She said that she was not unaware that her late son had a driver’s licence.

“I don’t know how and what happened in the accident,” she said.

“All I know is that his body was found on the driver’s seat. But I want to know how did he end up in the driver’s side.”

Ms Devi said on the day of the accident Mr Singh’s shift was supposed to start at 7am, but he had left home early to fill in for his workmate’s shift which was to start at 5am.

Upon the time of his pick up, Ms Devi said when she stepped out of the house, she saw that the driver was asleep in the vehicle.

“I saw the driver sleeping while he waited for Kausal to get ready,” she said.

“When Kausal woke him up, he got out of the car to freshen up and wash his face.

“To me it looked like as if he was drinking yaqona the night before he came to pick Kausal for his shift,” she said.

Meanwhile, Police divers were continuing their search to locate Mr Sami.

Edited by Percy Kean


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