For a month, the death of a family in the Nausori Highlands of Fiji has been thought of as mysterious. The family members who were found dead were 63-year-old Nirmal Kumar, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s daughters, 11-year-old Sana and eight-year-old Samara. There was only one survivor — a one-year-old baby girl.
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Recently, police charged Muhammed Raheesh Isoof, a “witch doctor” and “healer,” with the deaths. According to reports, Isoof was in close contact with the deceased's family. For instance, he was hired by the parents to treat Usha Devi for severe abdominal pains, went to healing rituals outdoors together, and was sought for his services at least three times. People in the community believed that the healer could “fix a problem” by praying for those who sought his help. “He prays for them and gives them some herbal medicine or something to drink,” one said.
“Headaches, sores on the leg, any type of pain — he had this special power to fix it by praying for people. And he knew about herbal medicine, sometimes he would give that too,” a community member said.
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The community was surprised by the news because they knew Isoof as a “good man.” According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the bodies were discovered by Setareki Nalaga. She saw four bodies laid out on a “rug” at the top of a cliff. All of them were lying face-up, “like they were put there.” He also found a fifth body, a woman lying more than 60 feet away from the rest of the bodies. She held an empty bottle in her hand with no label.
According to News.com.au, a post mortem examination linked all five deaths to a “toxic substance.” Police blamed Isoof for the murders because he lived next door to the family. He and his wife allegedly met up with the victims before their deaths.