ACP Sameer Rathore was at his desk flipping pages and
analysing an old case when his concentration way disrupted by a phone ring. He
answered the call and stood up, "Sir! ACP Rathore here.."
It was a phone call from the State Home Minister, Shukla
Rathore: "Ji Sir.. Kahan? Yea.. I am aware of it.. Oh.. kab?
Abhi? Okay.. Hum abhi nikalte hain.. I assure you Sir, ETF won't disappoint you
ever! Jai Hind Sir!"
Shukla ji had informed him about the dead body being
discovered at Altara Commercial Plaza, few minutes ago. Since the property
belonged to one of the country's prestigious and most respected businessman, it was only obvious that
the Ministry would be involved. Rathore shut down his computer and straightened
his shirt. He walked out of his cabin after securing it.
Rathore walked into the common room next door, to find his
two officers, having a go at video games.
He banged the door shut and glared at
them with his hands on his sides. Chottu and Shree, both jerked and looked
back. They found their boss staring at them.
Rathore: "We have a new case. I want you all in the
conference room, right away.."
They both nodded and heaved a sigh after Rathore left them.
They picked up their note-pads and walked into the conference room and took
Rathore had scribbled the case details on a white board and
was looking at them expectedly,
"So, guys.. The dead body hasn't been identified yet. Local
police ko shaq hai ki yeh ek suicide case hai. But we can't be sure unless we
see it ourselves..
Aur haan, ek aur baat. The Plaza, the crime scene is owned
by Mr. Rajdeep Kapoor of RK Industries. So, naturally this is a high-profile
case. The media is not to be entertained right now.. Aur haan, ho sakta hai, ki
local police bhi ismein shaamil ho.. So please co-operate with them."
They both nodded and shifted in their seats.
Rathore turned to Shree, "Dr. Chopra.. Oh.. Woh toh ab tak
hospitalised hai.. Ab, unki absence mein naya forensic expert kahan se le aaon?
Woh bhi itni short notice pe..." Rathore rubbed his forehead.
Watching his senior in a dilemma, Shree stood up, "Sir, can
I make a suggestion?"
On receiving a positive nod from Rathore,
Shree: "Sir, woh Riya.. I mean.. Dr. Riya.. I mean.. Aap toh
jaante hai na usse?"
Rathore's head shot up on hearing her name, "What? Riya? Of
course main usse jaanta hoon.. But why? Oh.. So, you're suggesting, ki hum usse
apne saath field par le jaayein? As an expert? Have you lost it Shree?"
Shree looked at his partner and both exchanged knowing
looks, "Sir.. Main toh bass.."
Rathore interrupted him, "No Shree.. You know, I hate over-smart
people. And well, Riya.. I don't think
she has handled a case on her own yet..She doesn't have any experience on the
field.. Lab mein tests karna aur crime scene ko analyse karne mein bohot farq
hota hai.. And besides, this is a really sensitive case. I can't risk it with
Riya, not this time!
So case closed, I'll
contact Dr. Chopra and see if he can spare any other specialist for this case.."
Rathore walked out of the room.
Shree jumped out of his seat and walked up to Chottu, "Yaar.
Sir ko Ri se problem kya hai? She's good at her work. Aur uske paas experience nahi
hai toh kya hua? Aur experience aayega kahan se; Rathore Sir aur Dr. Chopra,
dono hi uss bechari ko humesha daba ke rakhte hain..
Khair.. Kitna maza aata na, agar Rib hi ETF ka hissa ban
jaati toh.. I know woh secretly wish karti hai.. But kya faayda.. Chal chod..
Chottu smirked and held his shoulder, "Shree.. Itni jaldi
himmat mat haar yaar.. Meri baat sunn, Dr. Chopra ke paas sirf teen specialists
hain, Riya ke alawa.. Ab woh khud toh hospital mein tooti taang liye pade
hain.. Aise mein, obviously, woh unmein se hi kissi ko bhejenge ETF ko assist
Kyun na, hum kuch aisa karein, ki woh teeno ETF ko assist
karne layak hi na rahein?"
Shree gasped and looked at Chottu, "Tumhara matlab?"
Chottu nodded and made a phone call.. He hung up with a
satisfied grin on his face, "Kaam ho gaya.. Ab Riya ko ETF join karne se koi
nahi rok sakta.."
Shree looked bewildered, "Tune kya kiya?"
Chottu whispered in his ear. He told him how he had bribed
the watchman of the Forensic laboratory to drug the three scientists, with an
extra dose of jamalgota!!
Shree's eyes popped out on hearing that and he gave
Chottu a high-five..
Shree grabbed his phone and called up Riya.
Riya had just landed in Mumbai. She had flagged a cab and
was heading to meet Anurag at his office and surprise him. However, her hopes
were crushed when she checked her mails en-route. Anurag had already left for
Bangalore, to attend an important conference.
Dejected, Riya directed the
driver towards her apartment and rested her head back..
Her phone rang, the
very next minute and she smiled.
Riya: "Hey Shree.. Whatsupp?"
Shree quickly narrated everything to her and asked her to be
ready, for a grand entry into ETF..
Riya was excited at the prospect of joining the ETF after working
alongside them for over a couple of years. She immediately hung up and asked
the driver to take her to the ETF headquarters.
Rathore walked into the conference room, infuriated. He
looked up at both of them and barked, "Unbelievable!! Chopra ke saare
scientists bimar pad gayein hain.. We don't have a choice.."
Shree looked up at him expectedly. Rathore banged his fist
on the table and barked again, "What are you waiting for? Bata do usse.."
He saw Shree and Chottu share a wink, "Aur haan.. yeh mat
samajhna ki Riya ke aane se yahan koi party shuru ho jayegi.. I expect a code
of conduct from my officers. Get it? Lets go.."
Chottu interrupted, "Sir? Lekin Riya?"
Rathore shot him a glare, "Koi chotti bachhi nahi hai woh..
Aa jayegi.. Address bata dena usse.."
Shree had already finished texting her the address.. Rathore
saw that and muttered to himself about his team being over-excited..
Rathore and his team had reached the crime scene. The police
had cordoned off the area and were waiting for the ETF to arrive.
inspected the scene and was talking to the owner, Mr. Kapoor about the
Shree was busy clicking pictures of the dead body and the
parking lot, while Chottu was speaking to the eye-witnesses and noting down
Rathore got back to check on his team and whispered to them,
"Guys, mujhe yeh Kapoor ki dal kaali lag rahi hai.. Shree, dead body pe koi
struggle ke nishaan, koi wounds?"
Shree nodded in negative, " I cant really make out Sir.
Humein body ko touch karna hoga.. But uske liye.."
Rathore groaned in frustration, "I know.. We need a
qualified forensic expert.. Where the hell is Riya?"
Shree jumped, "Sir.. Sir.. She's on her way.."
Rathore answered his ringing phone and walked away leaving a
flustered Shree and Chottu..
Rathore: "Sir!! I'm at the crime scene.. My team has already
started working.. What?"
Police Comissioner : "Rathore, humein orders milein hai, ki iss
case ke liye, ek special officer ko appoint kiya jaaye.."
Rathore: "What? Special officer.. Lekin kyun Sir? I assure
you that my team is efficient enought to handle such a case.."
Comissioner: "Hum jaante hain.. Lekin humpar dabav daala jaa
raha hai.. Aur phir uss officer ka naam sun ne par, toh mana karne ki koi
gunjaaish hi nahi bachi.."
Rathore knitted his eyebrows together, "Who, Sir?"
Comissioner: "ACP Arjun Suryakant Raute!"
Rathore was livid with rage, "RAUTE??"
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