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Dad laments loss

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, August 11, 2014

THE grief-stricken father of a 27-year-old man who died after falling from a power pole in Nadi Town on Saturday morning says he cannot understand why he was not informed of his son's death by the Fiji Electricity Authority.

Muni Deo, better known in his Savunawai area as Sunny, said he learnt of his son — Rahul Ritesh Goundar's — death from people at the Nadi market.

"His supervisor, who always comes to my house to pick my son up, picked him up that morning and he was there when my son fell but he didn't even come and inform me that Rahul had died," he said.

"That is the part I cannot understand.

"The FEA didn't tell me my son died, other people came and told me of his death."

Mr Deo said FEA workers visited his home yesterday and had made promises to bear some of the funeral costs to ease the burden on the family.

He was overcome with emotion and wept as he spoke of his eldest son.

"Rahul was a good boy, he had just bought me a car and we had made plans to travel to Nausori to worship at a temple over there.

"His mother and young wife are so hurt, I don't know what to do or say to them."

Mr Goundar's father-in-law Dharm Lingam said he was at the Nadi market when vendors informed him that an FEA worker had fallen to his death.

He rang his son-in-law's phone and when the call did not go through, he began making enquiries with the authorities.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said according to police investigations, the safety harness that Mr Goundar was using appeared to have broken, resulting in the fall and possibly led to his death.

"Mr Goundar was working on a power pole in Sahu Khan St in Nadi Town when he fell 6.2m," he said.

"His head hit the pavement and there were injuries sustained to his spine. We are continuing investigations into the incident."

The FEA said it would issue a statement once details surrounding the death were ascertained and clarified.

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