Crime & Court

$5000 Reward For Answers To Husband’s Alleged Murder

Ranjani Devi believes foul play was involved and keeps on following up with the Criminal Investigations Department.
16 Mar 2020 10:32
$5000 Reward For Answers To Husband’s Alleged Murder
The vehicle which was found burnt at FSC Grounds in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

A woman, looking for answers that will explain the mystery surrounding her husband’s alleged murder four years ago, is offering a reward of $5000 for information that would help solve the case.

The charred body of Salesh Chand, 42, was found in his company vehicle on June 9, 2016 in the Fiji Sugar Corporation compound in Lautoka. It was a grisly discovery that shocked the nation.

On that ghastly day, a passerby saw the vehicle on fire and on closer look he saw Salesh burning with the car.

After four years, there have been no leads.

Ranjani Devi believes foul play was involved and keeps on following up with the Criminal Investigations Department.

She said the autopsy report showed that her husband was not dead when the car was allegedly set alight.

“They found smoke in his lungs. The authorities told me that can only happen when the person is alive when the fire was set,” she said.

“My husband was a nice man and he had no enemies and yet he was killed so brutally. The answers are out there.

“I suggest the Fiji Police Force set up a team of retired experienced detectives to review the case files and provide assistance to the investigating team.”

She said Salesh did not have any problems at work either. She said he loved his work and often talked about achieving successive targets, which would give him a promotion.

“There have been comments on social media about his death and when I went to the Police, they said it was posted from fake accounts,” Ms Devi said.

“I have no way of verifying if the posts were from fake accounts or not.”

Ms Devi resides in Nasinu and has support from her sons, who are 21 and 20 years old. She said they too had been affected by their father’s death.

She said all she wanted was answers, and would not stop looking for it.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said police were still investigating the matter.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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