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Fathers’s Day Will Never Be The Same For Salvin Singh

"The bodies of his daughters, Sana, 11, and Samarah, 8, were found with those of their mother, Nileshni Kumar, 34, and grandparents, Nirmal Kumar, 63, and Usha Kumar, 54."
31 Aug 2019 17:46
Fathers’s Day Will Never Be The Same For Salvin Singh
In happier days.... Salvin Singh with his two daughters Sana and Samarah.

Father’s Day will never be the same for a heavy-hearted Salvin Singh, whose two lovely daughters were discovered dead in the Nausori Highlands on Monday morning.

The bodies of his daughters, Sana, 11, and Samarah, 8, were found with those of their mother, Nileshni Kumar, 34, and grandparents, Nirmal Kumar, 63, and , 54.

Wishing to remain anonymous, a relative said Mr Singh was not in the right state of mind to talk to anyone.

“We don’t want to show him news on social media because right now we just don’t want to take him back to what has happened but get him better to attend the funeral tomorrow (today).”

While most families in Fiji do their last-minute preparations for Father’s Day, which is tomorrow, a father in mourning will bid farewell to his daughters today.

Saturdays will also never be the same again for Mr Singh because it is usually the day he spent time with his daughters.

He separated from their mother a few years ago.

Mr Singh’s final moments with his daughters was last Saturday.

A Fiji Sun team visited the two little girls’ relatives’ home in Lautoka yesterday in an attempt to talk to Mr Singh regarding the incident.

However, a relative said that what happened to his daughters affected Mr Singh badly.

It is understood that Mr Singh had made several trips to Lautoka Hospital since Monday evening when he was told about their deaths.

“Even when family and friends come, we tell them not to talk about the incident because he can’t take it.”

The relative said Mr Singh was close to his daughters and right now, he needed his family and company.

He also said that Mr Singh did not know that August 24 would be the last Saturday for him to spend quality time with his daughters.

He said Mr Singh was separated from their mother for some time.

“Last Saturday was his last meeting with his daughters. He went to work and then met the girls during the day. He still can’t accept what has happened and we have to force him to eat since Monday.

“He used to pick them up every Saturday from Legalega and bring them to Lautoka and take them wherever they wanted to go.”

Mr Singh is a professional counsellor and his workmates said he had not turned up to work since Tuesday morning and they would not comment on what he was going through.

The final rites for the five deceased people will be held at Votualevu Cemetery in Nadi today.

Police said the post-mortem examination findings were consistent with an alleged substance ingested by all five victims, which resulted in their deaths.

Samaira Kumar, who turns one-year-old today, was found alive near the five bodies in the treacherous mountainous region.

Mr and Mrs Kumar were looking after her while her mother was in Australia.

Her mother arrived in the country this week.

The deceased people lived at Legalega in Nadi.

Mr Kumar’s car was found at a supermarket carpark near the Nadi International Airport a few hours after the discovery of the bodies.

Edited by Percy Kean

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