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Cold Cases: Salesh Chand Case Still A Mystery, Police Need Help

“A team of Police officers are still investigating the case and we request the public to come forward with whatever little information they may have that can help Police solve the case,” said Ms Naisoro.
01 Mar 2019 10:00
Cold Cases: Salesh Chand Case Still A Mystery, Police Need Help
The vehicle which was found burnt at FSC Grounds in Lautoka last year. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

The Fiji Police Force has requested people to come forward with whatever little information they may have that could help solve an alleged murder in Lautoka in 2016.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the file into the alleged murder of Salesh Chand in Lautoka was still open and investigations were continuing.

The body of Mr Chand, 42, who was a senior manager at Vinod Patel and Company, was found charred in his burnt company vehicle at the Fiji Sugar Corporation yard in Lautoka at about 2:45am on June 8, 2016.

Following the discovery of Mr Chand’s body, Police classified it as a case of murder but so far they have not made any breakthrough in the case.

“A team of Police officers are still investigating the case and we request the public to come forward with whatever little information they may have that can help Police solve the case,” said Ms Naisoro.

Mr Chand’s wife Ranjani Devi said she had been in contact with Police officers to get feedback on the investigation into her husband’s murder but she had not received any satisfactory information so far.

The Regional Manager for Vinod Patel, Salesh Chand who has been reported missing and whose vehicle was found burnt at FSC Compound, opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka . Photo: Supplied

The Regional Manager for Vinod Patel, Salesh Chand who has been reported missing and whose vehicle was found burnt at FSC Compound, opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka .
Photo: Supplied

The couple lived at Kashmir, Lautoka when Mr Chand was allegedly murdered.

He took two people to his home on the night of June 7, 2016. They were strangers to Ms Devi.

At about 1am on June 8, Mr Chand and the man he took to his home left in the car but only the man returned to Chand’s home after a short while.

Ms Devi said when she asked the man about her husband, he told her that Mr Chand had gone to Ba.

It was not until the afternoon of June 8 when she learned that her husband had been killed.

“As far as I know, my husband didn’t have animosity with anyone and I don’t think he was involved with another woman too as we had a very good relationship,” she said.

“I don’t know what wrong he did that he was killed in such a manner by someone or some people.

“The incident happened almost three years ago and it’s of concern that it hasn’t been solved yet.

“My two sons who are 18 and 20 years old now also want to know why their father was killed and they want the killer or killers arrested.”

Ms Devi, who lives with her two sons in Suva now, said life was not easy after her husband’s death but she was lucky that he had built a house for them.

She has also requested people with any information to assist Police in solving her husband’s murder.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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