A 59-year-old Suva mother who called her son after waiting for his phone call was surprised when a Police Officer answered the call and gave her the tragic news that her son was dead.
Mohini Lata said her 37-year-old son Salesh Kumar had called her earlier to check on a remittance he made earlier.
“He had sent some money to me that day and so he called me up to check if I had received it,” she said. “He told me he was still in the supermarket and that he would call me when he reached home for more conversation. “He said, ‘I am in the supermarket, I will give you a call when I reach home, mum’,”she said.
These were the last words Ms Lata heard from her son, Mr Kumar, minutes before he was allegedly run over by a 12-wheeler truck in Nadovi, just outside Nadi town. The Fiji Sun visited the victim’s brother’s residence in Solovi, Nadi, yesterday and was greeted with a sad atmosphere. Ms Lata had arrived from Suva for the funeral gathering at Solovi. As tears rolled down her cheeks, Ms Lata recounted the last telephone conversation she had with her son.
Ms Lata said after an hour she was surprised Salesh still hadn’t given her a call. However, a few hours later she decided to ring his mobile to check on him since he had not given her a call. Sadly, it was an unexpected reply Ms Lata received while making that phone call. “I was surprised that a Police officer had answered my son’s phone,” she said. `Your son has passed away’ was the news the Police officer had to relay to her. Ms Lata described her son as a person who was concerned about the poor and a very hardworking person.
The deceased was the eldest of five siblings, and will be sadly missed by his family. His brother, 35-year-old Nilesh Kumar said that the family are seeking justice to prevail. Salesh is survived by his mother, father, three brothers and a sister. Meanwhile, Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro confirmed yesterday that no one has been charged yet by Police. She said investigations were still being carried out and a post mortem was expected to be done early this week