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Family mourns father

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

VEENA Wati is still waiting to see her husband's body after he was burned alive early on Monday in a clothes shop in Nadi Town.

"I just want to see my husband one last time," said Ms Wati as she fought back tears while speaking to this newspaper from her Nawaka home yesterday.

Ms Wati's husband, Mahesh 'Bobby' Kumar died in a fire that broke out in His and Hers clothing shop on Nadi's Main Street at 1am on Monday.

The contracted carpenter was with his employer, Rajend Singh, when the fire broke out. Mr Singh has been admitted to Lautoka Hospital with 75 per cent burns to his body.

Mr Kumar's charred remains have been held by authorities while investigations continue to determine the cause of the fire.

"My son went to the Nadi Police Station with some officers who came to our home around 7am yesterday (Monday)," said Ms Wati.

"We tried to see my husband's body on our first visit but we were not allowed. They keep telling us that they need it for investigations."

Recalling her last moments with Mr Kumar, she said her husband did not work on Sundays but she was surprised to see him leave for work.

"His boss (Mr Singh) called him and told him to go with him to the Customs office to collect some things for the shop. That was the last time I saw him. Before he left, he was helping me with breakfast for the family but I did not see him leave." The mother of three said her husband was kind to her and always helped her with household chores. The 37-year-old said her family's future looked bleak.

"He was the only one earning in our family. My eldest son is 17 and now he may have to find work to help our family. My youngest daughter turns five next month and is about to start school. She still thinks her father will come back." Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said investigations into the fatal fire continued.


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