Kumar family ‘living in fear’

Rajesh Kumar with his wife Suman Lata at their home in Legalega Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

WE fear for our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

This was the message from Rajesh Kumar, the younger brother of Nirmal Kumar, the Legalega resident whose body was found along with four members of his family in the Nausori Highlands last month.

Mr Kumar said he had heard that the person of interest in the case had been taken in for questioning by police over the weekend — for the second time.

“Even though we know (the person of interest) is in police custody, we do not know who else (the person of interest) might have and how they could hurt us,” Rajesh said.

“Yes, we are happy that (the person of interest) has been taken again for questioning, we are happy that something is finally happening because we want justice. But that doesn’t mean we are OK. I have a wife and two children, (the person of interest) could have other people on the outside working with him.

“I am not the only one that is scared, the whole community here in Legalega is scared,” he claimed.

“No one in this area feels safe. If (the person of interest) is found to be responsible, if he did it, then we don’t want(the person of interest) in our neighbourhood or around our family. (The person of interest) should be locked up.”

Mr Kumar said even if the person was charged, appeared in court and was found guilty, it would do very little to bring closure to the Kumar family.

The bodies of of Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34 and her two daughters Sana and Samarah, aged eight and 11, were found on a small plateau in the Nausori Highlands on Monday, August 26.

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