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Highlands Tragedy: CCTV Clue In Death of Five?

Could a CCTV camera outside a supermarket near Nadi Airport hold some clues to the mysterious deaths of five people whose bodies were found at Nausori Highlands on Monday?
29 Aug 2019 10:00
Highlands Tragedy: CCTV Clue In Death of Five?
The CCTV camera at the supermarket in Nadi.

Could a CCTV camera outside a supermarket near Nadi Airport hold some clues to the mysterious deaths of five people whose bodies were found at Nausori Highlands on Monday?

Or could some people who may have been around the supermarket area seen something, which may provide the Police investigating team with much-needed information?

As Police continued their investigations last night, the deaths of the five people remained a mystery.

Dead are Nirmal Kumar, 63, a carpenter, his wife Usha Kumar, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kumar, 34, and her daughters, Sana, 11, and Samarah, 8.

Their bodies were found at Celekuta, a sightseeing area between Yavuna and Tubenasolo at Nausori Highlands in Nadi on Monday morning.

Samaira Kumar (Miracle Baby), who turns one-year-old on Saturday, was found alive near her relatives’ bodies, which were lying some distance away from each other in the treacherous mountain region.

The toddler was at Lautoka Hospital last night in the care of medical staff and her mother, who arrived in the country from overseas after learning about the suspected homicides.

According to Police, Mr Kumar’s vehicle was found parked outside a supermarket in a densely populated area outside Nadi Town a few hours after the discovery of the five bodies.

It has been revealed to the Fiji Sun that the car arrived at the supermarket car park at about 9 am on Sunday.

Soon after, a white car is said to have arrived at the car park and parked right next to what is believed to be Mr Kumar’s car.

The occupants from the car which parked first got off took something out from the boot and got into the white car, which drove away.

But it was not clear last night exactly how many people got off the car that arrived first and then got into the white car.

A question that also remains unanswered is how could the five bodies end up where they were found and whether it was possible for one person to kill them, if they were killed, and dump them in the treacherous region.

The post-mortem of the five bodies was carried out yesterday at Lautoka Hospital but the results were not made available by the Police.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro told the Fiji Sun that the investigating team was going through the findings.

Ms Naisoro said Police were carrying out the normal interview process and following some leads into the case, adding that the deaths still remained a mystery as of last night.

Asked if there was any suspect or suspects in the case, she said, “We haven’t labelled anyone as a suspect yet. We are still trying to connect the dots.”

She was not in a position to say if the CCTV camera outside the supermarket could have captured something but said that the Police investigating team would have surely looked into it.

With extensive investigations continuing, Mr Kumar’s house at Legalega in Nadi remained cordoned off last night.  Edited by Naisa Koroi

Edited: Naisa Koroi

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