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Company doctor found dead at Fiji mine

Staff Reporter | 5:40 PM | ||
Mere Naleba and Timoci Vula | The Fiji Times

AN EMPLOYEE of a Fiji-based mining company was found dead in his room at the camp site last Friday.

This newspaper has been able to confirm that Dr Siddharth Krishna Naidu was contracted by Namosi Joint Venture as the company doctor.

In an interview, police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they had to withhold the release of the body to the family to allow for a post-mortem examination.

“The post-mortem examination had to be conducted first to ascertain cause of death considering it was an alleged suicide,” Ms Naisoro said.

“That has now been determined, so we released his body yesterday (Monday).”

In a statement issued upon enquiry from this newspaper, the Namosi Joint Venture confirmed the man was one of its employees.

“A Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) employee was regrettably found dead in his room at Wainikatama Camp on the morning of October 11, 2013,” the statement read.

“The area was secured and the police notified.

“The family of the deceased has been notified and NJV has conveyed its condolences to the family.”

The statement did not address other queries, citing the sensitivity surrounding the case and the police investigation that had commenced.

The Fiji Medical and Dental Secretariat listed Dr Naidu as a graduate from the MBBS program in 2000.

He enrolled in the post-grad program and graduated with a Diploma in Applied Epidemiology in 2010 from the Fiji School of Medicine.