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Home Minister: "ACP Arjun Suryakant Raute!"
Rathore was livid with rage, "RAUTE??"
Home Minister: "Yes Rathore.. Raute.. Tum aur hum dono hi
achhi tarah jaante hain, ki iss case ke liye Arjun Raute hi best rahega.."
Rathore was a little offended at that, "Kyun Sir, kya aapko
mujhpar aur meri ETF team par trust nahi hai? Sir, yeh ek high-profile case
hai.. I hope ki aap iski sensitivity samjhte hain.. Raute ko iss case mein
involve karna bevakoofi hogi Sir.."
The Home Minister smiled, "Its not like that Rathore. Agar
hum tumpar trust nahi karte, toh tumhe ETF ka chief kabhi nahi banate..
Raute ki baat hi alag hai.. Woh toh ek sher hai.. Jo akela shikar karta hai..
Usse kissi ka darr nahi hai.. Uski apni ek soch hai, apna ek operation ka
tareeka hai.. Aur mind you, usne aaj tak humein kabhi disappoint nahi kiya..
Aur usski sabse khaas baat yeh bhi hai, ki woh kabhi kissi ke
saamne ghutne nahi tekta.. Peer or political pressure has never affected him..
Aur iss case mein ussi khoobi ki zaroorat hai..
Rathore replied sarcastically, "Sir! Kal aur aajke Arjun Raute
mein bohot farq hai Sir.. Pagal ho gaya hai woh.. Apna maansik santulan kho
Apni biwi ki maut ka gehra sadma laga hai usse.. Kayi baar
duty se temporary suspend bhi ho chukka hai, issi wajah se.. Kabhi bhi kissi
bhi pitai karna, rules-protocol follow na karna, aur seniors ki baat na maan ne
ki toh jaise ussne kasam hi kha rakhi hai.. Gusse mein kab kya kar baithta hai,
usse khud nahi pata.."
Home Minister: "I am aware of all that Rathore.. Hum uske
past se bohot achhi tarah se waakif hain.. But then, I also cannot ignore the
fact that Arjun Raute is a super-cop..
And besides, you had asked for a Chief Investigating Officer
for ETF, a few months back, right? Toh samjah lo, that you have your right hand
Humne usse already orders bhej diyein hai.. He is on his
way.. I expect you two to maintain a cordial working relationship. And I hope
ki tum dono apne personal differences kaam ke beech nahi laoge.."
Rathore hung up and punched the wall behind him and saw
Chottu and Shree standing next to him with a worried expression.
Chottu: "Shree, aaj toh Sir ekdum solid mood mein hain.. Koi
galti mat karna bachhu.. Warna aaj toh jaan se gaye.."
Shree gulped at looked at Chottu..
Rathore held out his phone, "We have another officer joining
us on the case..", he spoke through gritted teeth..
Shree and Chottu exchanged worried looks.
Rathore looked at them, "Aise kya ghoor rahe ho? Jaan na
nahi chahoge kaun?
ACP Arjun Raute!!"
Shree gasped while Chottu looked on bewildered..
Arjun had been riding his bike back home in the rains, when
he received a call. He parked his bike and answered it.. It was the DGP of
Maharashtra State, who had previously also been Arjun's mentor.
DGP: "Raute.. Ek Emergency situation hai, a high-profile
case.. Haan.. Mumbai mein.. Case ETF ke charge mein hai.. Tum unhe iss
investigation mein join karoge.."
Arjun's head snapped up at that, "Sir.. Main abhi crime
scene par pohonchta hoon.. I'll do what I can.. But Sir, I can't join the ETF..
Main ETF join nahi kar sakta..
Meri zindagi ka sirf ek hi mission hai aur woh kya hai aap
achhi tarah se jaante hain.. Jab tak woh poora nahi ho jaata, main koi aur
responsibility nahi le sakta.."
The DGP sighed, "Raute! Main jaanta hoon.. Lekin kab tak
bhagte rahoge apni duty se? Tum ek officer ho, aur tumhe iss baat ko humesha
yaad rakhna chahiye..
Anyway, agar main tumse kahoon ki mere paas Roshni ki
death ko lekar koi lead hai, kya tab bhi tumhara decision yahi hoga?"
Arjun's eyes shot up with rage, "SIKANDAR??"
DGP: "Haan, mere kuch sources ne pata lagaya hai, ki
Sikandar India wapas aa raha hai.. Uske yahan aate hi.."
Arjun was literally shaking with rage.. He held his breath
and spoke, "Mujhe uska pata chahiye Sir.."
DGP: "Milega Raute..My sources are working on it and we will
get a lead very soon.. And I promise you my complete support..
Lekin Sikandar se ladhne ke liye, tumhe pehle wahi
puranawala Arjun ban na hoga.. Woh Arjun jo har chakravyuh ko bhed sakta tha..
Woh Arjun, jo shatir tha, jo hoshiyar tha.. jo apne dil aur dimaag dono se
Tum bhatak gaye ho Raute.. Tumhe ek Saarthi ki zaroorat hai..
Ek Saarthi, jo tumhe guide kar sake.. tumhe sahi raah dikha sake..
Aur yakeen maano, woh Saarthi ETF hi hai.."
Arjun rested his back against the back of a tree, "Lekin
Sir, ETF ko meri kya zaroorat? They have Rathore.."
DGP: "ETF ko ek jaanbaaz officer ki zaroorat hai Raute..Someone
who can think out of the book.. I believe it is the best independent operation force
in the country.. Their new recruits are also very promising..
Bass, Rathore ke kuch primitive methods ki wajah se pichle kuch saalon se, unka luck
bura chal raha hai.. Aise mein hum chahte hai, ki tum bhi ETF join karo.. Train
the new recruits along with Rathore.. I believe you both will make an excellent
Aur haan, tum Rathore ki chinta mat karo..He's a terrific
leader.. Usse order bhej diya gaya hai.. Mujhe bass tumhara jawab chahiye.. Yes
Arjun sighed, "Its a yes Sir! Main ETF join karunga.."
DGP: "Great.. Mujhe tumse yahi ummeed thi.. So, ACP Arjun
Raute, aaj se tum, ETF ke Chief Investigating Officer ho; second-in-command to
ACP Rathore.. Koi sawaal?"
Arjun sat back on his bike, "No Sir!" He kick-started his
Royal Enfield and zoomed through the crowd to his destination..
Riya had been stuck in the heavy traffic and torrential
rains for over an hour. Shree was in touch with her every 10 minutes and had
been constantly providing her details on the case. She had by now, made up her
notes and had started analysing the case already.
Riya: So, Shree, tell me one thing, kya victim ke body pe
koi struggle marks hain?"
Shree had been crouching on his knees everytime, Riya
He hit his head against the wall gently, "Ri, I can't touch the
body.. Only a forensic expert can do that and which is why you are being
called, hai na?"
Riya looked around and sighed, "Shree, I have just crossed
Bandra junction.. Mujhe aur ek ghanta toh lag hi jayega.."
Shree's eyes popped out, "Ek aur ghanta? Ri, tumhe ETF join
karne se pehle hi suspend kar denge.."
Riya had started panicking, she told the driver to drive as
fast as he could and resumed reading the case details, which Shree had just
Cause of death:
and autopsy conclusions: Blank..
Riya sighed and checked pictures of the crime scene next,
why was there no blood around.. Generally when a person falls from such a
height and lands on the concrete flooring, there should've been a blood pool
around the body, due to injury to the head. Normally, victims bleed to death in
She made a note to check for any such symptoms and
concussion, was on the top of her list.
Her head had started throbbing by now and she needed coffee
in her system, "Bhaiyajee, aage uss coffee shop ke bahar do minute rokna.."
She quickly grabbed a Mocha and a Panini and resumed work.
She looked at the images again and threw her head back in
frustration, Sitting here, won't help
Ri.. You can't work like this.. You need to be at the crime scene..
She shut her eyes and tried to catch up on some much needed
nap for a while..
Arjun was stuck in the same traffic.. He hated the rains..
Because, they disrupted normalcy.. Also, because they reminded him of Roshni..
How Roshni had loved the rains!
He was sitting in the verandah sipping his cup of tea, when
Roshni came running from the kitchen, "Arjun! Tez baarish shuru ho gayi hai..
saare kapde bheeg jayenge.."
And she sprinted towards the garden and started
removing clothes from the drying line.
Arjun however, had eyes only for his beautiful wife. She
looked like an angel, he thought.. He placed his cup aside and walked out. She
held out a few clothes to him and asked him to help her out. However, Arjun had
He flung the clothes in the direction of the main door, and
grabbed Roshni by the waist. She jerked back and looked at her husband
She saw the familiar naughty glint in his eyes and nodded in
negative, "Saare kaapde bheeg rahein hai.. Andar chaliye."
Arjun gently held both her arms and put it around his neck,
"Kapde hi toh hain.. Bheeg jaane do na Roshni..But I promise ki main tumhe
bilkul bheegne nahi doonga.."
She smiled and he pulled her even closer, "Bohot pyaar aa
raha hai aaj aapko? Kyun, duty pe nahi jaana kya?"
Arjun shrugged his shoulders, "Tum kaho toh aaj na jaaon! Ab apni biwi ke saath romance karne ka yeh mauka main kaise miss kar sakta hoon.."
Roshni hit him playfully, "Soch lijiye.. Aapko ek ghante
mein night shift ke liye nikalna hai.. Phir mujhe dosh mat dijiyega.. Koi yeh
na kahe, ki ACP Arjun Raute apne farz se chuk gaye.."
And she winked at him, "Samjhe ya samjhaun?"
Arjun raised his eyebrow and smirked; he had hoisted her on
his right shoulder and was carrying her into the house, the very next minute,
admist her giggles..
He was brought out of his reverie by the honking of vehicles
behind him. He shook his head, as if trying to put the memories in the back of his
head and rode off..
How was it?? Like it or no?? I knoww.. No Ariya in this one as well.. But then their first meeting has to be awesome na.. just building up the track for it.. Don't you worry! Next Chapter onwards, you're going to get a lot of Ariya.. So, for compensation, I added a Arjun-Roshni scene.. Hope you liked it..
Note: Oh and btw, for those who don't knw what a saarthi is.. (I know, I'm kinda underestimating your mythological knowledge here..) Bt just feel the need to clarify,
Saarthi is one who rides the chariot for a warrior.. the most-well known one in Indian mythology was Bhagwan Shri Krishna for Arjuna..
So, basically a saarthi is one who guides who, in case you lose track in the battlefield.. Similarly, the DGP thinks ETF might prove to be Saarthi for apna Akdu Raute.. Hope that didn't bore you guys..
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Edited by mohabbatgirl - 06 September 2012 at 8:58am