Husband of Indian woman burnt alive in NZ ''traced in Fiji''

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Melbourne, Jan 25 (PTI) Police claim to have trackeddown in Fiji the husband of a young Indian-origin woman burntto death in New Zealand, a day after the Interpol was alertedto trace him for his alleged involvement in the incident.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall of New Zealandpolice said the couple''s four-year-old boy has been located inFiji by authorities, along with the victim''s husband who''s "aperson of considerable significance" in the investigation.

"The boy''s father is a person of interest inrelation to the homicide enquiry into the death of his wife,28-year-old Ranjeeta Sharma, of South Auckland whose body wasfound west of Huntly Thursday night.

"Our inquiry is continuing and we are seekingfurther clarification from Fiji police of the circumstancessurrounding the father being located. Until we''ve had furtherdiscussions with Fiji police we are unable to add more at thisstage," Keall was quoted by the ''Waikato Times'' as saying.

The husband, who has been identified as Devesh KumarSharma by the newspaper, allegedly flew out of New Zealand toFiji, along with their son Akash, on Friday, a day after hiswife was spotted burning by the side of an isolated road nearHuntly in that country. The Sharmas hailed from Fiji.

Meanwhile, New Zealand''s Ministry of Foreign Affairsand Trade spokesman Chris Wilson said that his country has anextradition agreement with Fiji. "At this stage it is a policematter and we will provide police with any assistance theyrequire of us," he said.

The New Zealand police are now working with Interpolto ascertain the safety of the child who his mother describedas "my little boy my life" in December when she had posted aphotograph on her ''Facebook'' page.

On the social networking site, she said that she''smarried, studied at Manukau Institute of Technology, worked atMiddlemore Hospital and is from Suva in Fiji, the daily said.

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