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Police investigation continues in Nadi deaths

August 30, 2019 4:40 pm
Nirmal Kumar, Usha Devi [top, left], Nileshni Kajal and her two daughters aged 11 and 8

Police investigation continues in the in relation to the deaths of the five members of a Nadi family.

The bodies of a 63-year-old carpenter, Nirmal Kumar, his 54-year-old wife Usha Devi, their 34-year-old daughter, Nileshni Kajal and her two daughters aged Sana, 11, and Samara, 8 were found in the Nausori Highlands on Monday.

A one-year-old also found crawling at the scene.

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A second person of interest who was being spoken to by Police in relation to the deaths was earlier today released.

The woman is believed to be the wife of the man, who was released yesterday after 48 hours of questioning and was the first person of interest in the case.

The Lautoka Court yesterday afternoon dismissed an application made by the state for Police to hold the first person of interest for longer than 48 hours.

A miscellaneous application was made for the respondent to be held further after having been questioned without any charges laid for the past two days.

As reported by FBC News on Tuesday that a man was taken in for questioning, the 48-hour time period lapsed without charges being laid.

Authorities say a stop departure order has also been issued for the two as they reside in Christchurch and they both are reportedly still in the country and are believed to be at an undisclosed location in the West.

Medical tests have indicated that the five people died after ingesting a substance as yet unrevealed by police.

Police confirm the findings of the post mortem examination yesterday are consistent with an alleged substance ingested by all five victims which resulted in their deaths.

Further tests will now be carried out by the Fiji Police Force to obtain more information.

The Chemistry Scientific Lab in Nasova, Suva is now carrying out these tests.

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