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FF: Mysterious Murder at Manampur; Updt-Pg 44;5/2 (Page 15)

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Chapter 4 Part 1: Unsolved


Location: The Police Head Quarters

The investigation had reached an impasse. Even with 8 full time investigators on loan from head quarters, with 15 local investigators, not one concrete lead had turned up. Morale at head quarters hit bottom.

The two dozen investigators assigned to the Manampur case were all gathered in the conference room. All the detective police men sat around were looking depressed.

 

The Head of the team: (In a discouraged voice) I want to thank each of you for all you've done during this long investigation. Months have passed since this investigation team was established. Your efforts during that time have been extraordinary. Unfortunately, with no strong leads to follow, we must now close this case. This is truly regrettable.

He looked around at the assembled men who listened with downcast eyes and continued.

However this does not mean that all investigation into this case must cease. We will continue to investigate on voluntary basis. Although the identity of the victim was unknown, I think we were too sure that, with so much evidence available, we would soon learn who he was. We found the murder weapon as well as witnesses who had seen the victim and the probable murderer. But despite ur efforts, we have had no further results. Now it's time to reevaluate our initial assessment.

Saying so he ended the speech.


Manish Rajan was the most disappointed man in the entire team as he was the main incharge of this case. Now he wondered, as suspected earlier, is this Sahu the name of a preson??? After going all the way to Sahu hills, it seemed the stranger had nothing to do with this case.

He started home alone. He won't be coming to this office from 2moro and is shifted back to his home base.

He preferred to take a bus and was on the way to the bus station. He heard a voice calling him. It was Aditya.

 

M: Hey it's you.

A: Since we are going in the same direction, I wondered if we could go together.

Both walked towards the bus station. The platform was crowded.

After a while Manish ji said: I wanted to talk to u for sometime lets go to somewhere nearby. I hope its alright with u.

Its fine with me. Actually I wanted to talk to u too, Aditya smiled.

M: That's perfect. I just can't go straight home the way I feel now. It was like the funeral at the head quarters. Lets go and have some beer.

A: Sounds good to me.

hey entered a narrow bar and took two seats in the corner.

 

Having the beer Manish ji said: I'm glad that we are here now.

A: I was thinking the same. We won't be working together anymore, so this is a goodbye sir.

M: Thanks for all u have done.

A:  No. I'm the one who should thank u.

Having finished his beer and taking a big sigh their conversation turned to the case.

A: U will be shifted back to ur home base tomorrow ri8? Probably u will be assigned to another case.

M: Yes. Probably one case after another, the work keeps coming. But even though u are assigned to something else, this case stays on ur mind. I have been a detective policeman for a long time solving many cases out of which 3-4 cases are not even solved. But still they always remind in a corner of my mind. Every now and then they pop up. Its strange. Well there's one more to give me bad dreams.

A: Sir! Lets not talk about it. Its our farewell for working together. Lets drink to that. You know, I have fonder memories of the time we went out of town together. It was the first time I have seen the Sahu hills. Its such  a beautiful place.

M: (Smiling) It would be good to visit it again just for pleasure may be after I retire.

A: I was thinking just the same.

M: What are u talking about? You are still young.

By this time the bar was full and noisy and it was easy for them to talk privately.

A: Your theory that the suspect's hideout is not too far away… I think that must be right. The murderer had to have been covered with blood. So he couldn't have gone far. I think his hideout has to be somewhere nearby.

M: I have looked around with that in mind.

A: The murderer couldn't take a taxi looking like that. The witnesses said he wasn't well dressed. Infact, he wasn't well off by the fact that he was drinking cheap whisky in an out of place like Manampur. He wouldn't have the money to own a car.

M: Probably not.

A: Then, if he couldn't take a cab, he must have walked home. The streets would have been dark, so he could have walked home without being noticed. If he could walk home, he had to live within a distance from Manampur.

M: That's true. Even if he walked till dawn, he couldn't have gone very far. At most may be five to six miles.

A: Here's what I think. If he went home looking like that, he must be living alone. Sir! U thought that the man lived somewhere else and used a hide out after committing the crime right?

M: I'm not confident on my deductions any more.

A: Don't be hard on ur self. If there was a hide out, it would mostly likely be his mistress or a close friend's place. Since he isn't well off, I could go with the friend theory. I can't see that he could afford a mistress.

 

They both said good bye and left.

Manish Rajan's house was on a bus route and it shook every time when a bus went by. His wife was tired of the noise and wanted to move, but they couldn't find anything they could afford. In eleven years they have lived there, the area had changed completely. Large new buildings were built and apartments were filled in empty lots.


I'm home, he announced as he took off his shoes.

Welcome home. U r early today, Shilpa ji came to the entry door with a welcoming smile.

Silently he went back towards the garden where he had placed the miniature bonsai trees he bought in the outdoor market.

M: I don't have to go to the head quarters 2moro. I am back to the home base.

S: Is that so?

M: I will be probably be home early from now.

S: (Noticing his flushed face), did u stop off somewhere for a drink?

M: Yes I stopped near the head quarters and had some beer.

S: That's nice.

M: Where is the boy?

S: My mom came and took him home. It's a holiday 2moro so he will be back 2moro by sunset.

 

Having changed he went to sit in the veranda where he can listen some children playing outdoors. 

Suddenly remembering he asked: Did some one move into the apartment?

S: Yes did u see something?

M: A truck was parked out front.

S: I heard from Hema that the person who moved in is an actress.

M: That's an unusual type for this place.

S: That's what we thought. Its quiet a talk around here.

M: If she's moving in that apt. she can't be much of an actress. 

S: She (Hema) was saying she was not a movie actress but acts in plays. That's why she doesn't earn much.

After finishing the supper, he asked: it's exhibition fair day. Shall we go?

They got off the car and crossed the street lined with shops. Though it was late, it was crowded.

There were several nurseries displaying varieties of potted plants. His wife pulled his sleeves but the bonsai lover in him wouldn't let him leave. He chose only one as he promised his wife. She laughed as he walked over to her, carrying his plant in one hand.


S: The garden is too crowded already. We can't line them all up unless we move to a house with larger yard.

M: Don't complain so much.

They had been out for an hour but had pleasant time. When they reached the main street, they saw a crowd staring as there was a traffic accident. An automobile had plunged into the side walk. Its rear end was smashed. A taxi was stopped 10 – 12 yards behind the car. The police men were investigating the accident. He went there to find what happened.


M: Hello! U have quite a problem. Don't u?

P: (Having recognized and saluted him) Its terrible. This one is a total wreck. The driver was speeding.  A taxi driver behind him was looking off to the side. He didn't even notice that the car in front of him had stopped and slammed into it without slowing down.

M: Any injuries

P: The taxi driver and the fare were rushed to the hospital. The people in the rear ended car had minor injuries.

M: And how badly injured were the people in the taxi.

P: The driver's head went through the win shield so his face was badly injured. And the fare's chest slammed to the back of the front seat when the taxi hit the car. He lost the consciousness temporarily.

M: That's the relief. Who was the passenger?

P: It heard that he was a kind of musician.


Next day morning when he woke up he was grateful that he'd been liberated from the recent disappointing case. He looked at the clock. it was only seven, he would have plenty of time to get to work even if he got up at eight.


He started reading the paper in which the front page was full of political news. The headlines were bold and the articles were interesting. Still a bit drowsy, he turned the pages of the newspaper. There was a series of opinion pieces accompanied by small photographs of each commentator. Browsing through the pictures, he stopped in one. It was the photo of Siddharth Khanna.


He wasn't interested in Sid's opinion. What had drawn his attention was is picture. He couldn't remember if the photograph resembled the face he had seen at Shimla Station, but he thought it was the same person. Aditya said he was a member of Victory group. Seeing his young face among the photos of well-known figures in various fields, he realized that Sid must be getting a lot of attention. He couldn't be 30yrs yet, impressed at such quick success.


Manish ji then turned the page, but the sports news didn't interest him. On the city page, a large headline caught his eye: "Composer Rohith Kashyap injured last night in taxi rear-end collision."


There was a photograph of Rohit. Manishji was startled to recognize another of the men he had seen at Sahu hills. He hurriedly read the article. It was about the accident he had come across the night before. Staring at yet another young face, he felt an odd connection.


Manish ji called to his wife, "Shilpa, look at this. There's something in the paper about last night."

S: Oh, really? So there were no deaths after all.

M: It seems not. This man was taken to the hospital, but he wasn't that badly injured.

S: Well, that's good.

M: Do you know anything about him?

S: Just his name. Sometimes his picture appears in the women's magazines I read."

M: Really?

Manish ji found out once more how uninformed he was.

S: There was a photo essay featuring him with his fiance, a pretty sculptor. Her father is a former minister.

M: That's what I hear. You know, I've seen this guy when I went to Sahu hills a while ago. When we got to the station, he was there. I didn't know who he was. Aditya had to tell me. They were there for some college seminar. Several local newspapermen were asking them questions. This fellow was one of them. (then showing the Sid's photo) They are quite something. They are even popular all over.

S: Their names are in the magazines all the time.

M: Oh, that's what I hear.

He started smoking and Shilpa ji left to cook breakfast. He looked at his watch. It was nearly time to get up.


To be continued...

Next: Chapter 4 Part 2: In the hospital


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             super likeStar !! good to see the turn of events..hope that manish ji gets leads to the closed case from this accident !!Smile 

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Super Like!!Thumbs Up  
LOved it!!! so good!!! updt soon..

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great  update


when there is no ans no hope solution comes out in form  not known


good one

hmm somehow from last update i felt something wud happen to rohit or thru rohit

now he is injured and nxt door neighbour is some play actress


too many suspects but go on

waitin for next part


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desperately waiting for the next update Swethu and u know why...Wink

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i like this part!Big smile
play actress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ermm

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