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Fatal drink

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, March 31, 2013

A MOTHER and her three children are grieving the death of their sole breadwinner after he was allegedly killed by his two brothers.

Chanchal Lata of Naleba in Labasa was still trying to come to terms with the fact that her husband, Jai Chand is dead. Mr Chand had gone to drink beer with his two brothers after they had drunk yaqona.

Mr Chand was allegedly killed by his two brothers during an argument when they were all drunk.

Ms Lata said she could not believe her ears when she was approached by police at around midnight on Friday and told of the sad incident.

"We do not know where to turn now since he was the sole breadwinner of the family as he was employed at the Waiqele Sawmill," she said.

"I had just returned from a funeral gathering at a neighbour's place and found that my husband Jai Chand had not returned from his grog party at his brother's house. "I was informed by some family members that he had gone with his two brothers to drink beer at a secluded spot after the yaqona session just metres away from our house.

"I still don't know what actually happened and I do not even want to think of what happened because it is so shocking," said Ms Lata.

According to Ms Lata's brother, Keshwa Nand, he had heard Mr Chand and his two brothers, including one who came from Savusavu for the Easter weekend, were drinking yaqona on Friday night.

Mr Nand said while Mr Chand and his brothers were drinking, a heated argument allegedly broke out among the three.

"The two brothers had retaliated by hitting Mr Chand and he was in a bad shape when I saw him where he was lying this morning (yesterday) before police cordoned off the scene," he said.

Mr Chand's daughters, Jashleen and Jashika Chand said they were going to miss their father a lot since he had been their mainstay during trying times.

Janesh Chand, the youngest of Mr Chand's children and a Class Five student at Naleba Primary school, said: "I miss my dad a lot since I am his pet in the family as I am the only boy."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the two brothers were being questioned at the Labasa Police Station last night in connection with their brother's death.

"We are continuing investigations into the matter," he said.

Mr Chand's daughters, Jashleen and Jashika said they would miss their father a lot since he had been their mainstay during trying times.

Janesh Chand, the youngest of Mr Chand's children and a Class Five student at Naleba Primary school, said: "I miss my dad a lot since I am his pet in the family as I am the only boy."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the two brothers were being questioned at the Labasa Police Station last night in connection with their brother's death.

"We are continuing investigations into the matter," he said.





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