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Fiji link in death probe

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, May 04, 2012

AUSTRALIAN police have interviewed some people in Fiji in relation to the deaths of a family of four in Melbourne this week.

The police officers came to Fiji as part of investigations into the deaths of Nilesh Sharma, 34, his wife Pritika, 32, and their children Divesh, 5, and Divya, 3.

Mr Sharma and his wife, who are former Fiji residents, were found dead with their children in their Glen Waverley suburban home on Tuesday morning.

Australian police are treating the deaths as murder-suicide but are also investigating links to a car crash which the family survived on December 29 last year.

Criminal Investigations Department director Senior Superintendent of Police Vakacegu Toduadua confirmed that Australian police officers came to Fiji.

"The request came to us from the Australian Embassy and police officers came here and interviewed nine or 10 people," he said.

"They recorded some statements and went back last night (Wednesday)."

SSP Toduadua said local police had not been informed by Australian police about the whereabouts of the Sharma family's relatives in Fiji.


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