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Deaths baffle family

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, May 04, 2012

NILESH Sharma was depressed after losing his job as an accountant at a company following a road accident late last year.

However, he had started working from home two weeks prior to his death but he always complained about severe headache.

But what resulted in his death and that of his wife, Pritika, 32, and their two children Divesh Sharma, 5, and Divya Sharma, 3, has baffled his relatives.

Mr Sharma, 34, his wife and two children were found dead inside their Glen Waverley suburb home in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday morning.

Australian police are investigating possible links between the family's death and a road accident they were involved in on December 29 last year.

The Age reported that police were called to the family's home for a welfare check on Tuesday morning when Divya was not taken to family day care centre for the second day running.

Speaking to The Fiji Times from Melbourne yesterday, Mr Sharma's uncle, Simon Charan, said Australian police were treating the deaths as murder-suicide and not disclosing much.

"When police went inside their home, they told all relatives to stay outside," he said.

"The family was very good but Nilesh was very much depressed after losing his job following the accident.

"He went back to work two weeks ago and was working from home but he always complained of severe headache as he had suffered head injuries in the accident."

Mr Charan ruled out the question of the family facing financial problems because Mr Sharma's wife also worked as an accountant at a hospital in Melbourne.

He said Mr Sharma's mother, a brother and two sisters are living in Australia while another brother was in the US.

"About two weeks prior to this incident, Nilesh's mother was living with his family in Glen Waverly and she then went to another relative's house," he said.

"I had a chat with his mother who said there were no problems in Nilesh's family and that he could have left the two children with relatives if he had to do something like this.

"Something could have happened and he snapped, resulting in this tragic incident."

Mr Charan described Mr Sharma as a nice man who had respect for others, saying they were a close-knit family.

He said Mr Sharma's mother and other family members have been counselled and they were waiting for the post-mortem examination reports.

Glen Waverly South Primary School principal Con Vellios told The Fiji Times that "this is a tragic event and very sad time for our school community".

"Divesh was a well-loved member of our school and our deepest thoughts are with his extended family and friends," he said.

"He was a keen participant in the Junior School Council. He loved sharing his thoughts about everything."

Mr Vellios said Divesh was a keen reader and enjoyed playing maths games and he enthusiastically joined in all activities with a smile and happily played with everybody.

"Our school will do everything we can to offer any support to other students, staff and anyone in the community affected by this tragedy."

He said counsellors would be at school for as long as necessary.

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