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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The escaped convict

Rekha was a qualified lawyer who was working as assistant in  law firm before marriage . Rakesh an assistant comisioner of police (ACP Rakesh Sharma) was in support of her working whereas his parents were against it .and this was the ongoing argument cum discussion which was interrupted by the ringing of the telephone ... there was a call from the office of  IG police asking him to attend a meeting at the IG's residence  concerning an escaped convict  So he left  after reassuring Rekha that he will work out something .

She stood at the window trying to pear out in the dense fog as her husband was leaving ----unable to see anything not even the tail lights of his car she turned around deciding to call it a day and shut the windows as it was getting colder and her 3 year old son was not very receptive to cold ----she suddenly felt a shiver go down her spine as a hand went round her mouth stiffling her cry of exclamation .

It was the hand of an escaped convict who had hid in the verandah and was waiting for Rakesh to leave ---Rakesh was the ACP of that region and Yogesh (the convict) thought the best place to take shelter from the police would be in a policeman's  house.

Yogesh took out his pistol and gestured Rekha to keep quite --he then picked up Sameer who was sleeping nearby and keeping him hostage he rounded up the whole family .He then ordered Rekha to get him some food and warm clothing so that he could discard the clothes he was wearing (those of a prisoners).

A sudden knock on the door alerted all the occupants of the house ---the Sahai's thought it to be a godsend while Yogesh took it to be a threat and went on gaurd with a warning look in his eyes directed at Rekha.

He made her go to the door and open it ---a newly wedded couple was standing there asking for shelter as they had lost their way while on a honeymoon.

Rekha was scared but allowed them in thinking they may be able to help them out  of the clutches of the convict.

The couple was offered tea and all of them settled down in the drawing room ---including Yogesh who was posing as a relative of the family ---Sameer the baby was sleeping in the bed room and yogesh had the keys to its lock.

A sudden shock went through the gathering as after about 15 minutes the young couple rose from their seat and brandishing a pistol demanded the family to quitely hand over all the cash and valuables in the house or face death.Everyone includingYgesh were surprised to see this drama. They did what they were asked to as there was no point defying them.

The honeymooners collected their loot and left not forgetting to tear  away the telephone cable before leaving ----a haggard harrassed foursome was sitting with worry writ  large on their faces when Rekha was reminded of Sameer.THEY  had completely forgotten about him--Yogesh who by now had turned into a fellow sufferer rushed to open the lock worried for the little boy ---But they were aghast to find the boy missing he had probably walked out of the backdoor of the bathroom which was left open by oversight.
Pandemonium took over the scene as the whole family rushed about trying to find the boy ---the fog outside was so dense that it was absolutely impossible to locate him .

Yogesh stealthily picked up the torch from the shelf and then they saw him walk out of the front door ----the family did not know wether to rejoice at his going away or to worry for Sameers safety and whereabouts .To add to it all the old lady of the house had fainted when she saw that her grandson was missing.

If there ever was a scene of emotional turmoil it was being enacted in the Sahay houshold.--and the irony of it all was that the man of the house belonged to a profession which took care of the worries of  other  people ---"the policeforce."

About an hour or so later they saw Rakesh's car enter the driveway ----Rekha rushed out and almost fainted in his arm's just uttering ----"Rakesh  ....SAMEER...."

Rakesh supported her reassured her that all was well and Sameer was with them .

Yogesh got down from the car with Sameer in his arms .

Rekha at once pointed an acccusing finger at him and praised God that he had sent the culprit to book i.e. in Rakesh's custody --she  also threatened Yogesh that she will  file a case of kidnapping against him .

Rakesh was astonished to here all this and said that Yogesh had saved Sameer from the clutches of a hyena ,an animal so commonly found in those parts and which had the reputation of attacking and killing babies in the vicinity. He then told them how he had seen Yogesh fight and shoot  the Hyena which was trying to drag Sameer as prey.

The wounded Yogesh  told Rakesh that he was the escaped murderer  about whom  the police and the people had been alerted --he then told them his story and said that he was innocent --but  he needed time to prove his innocence --and that was the reason he had tried to escape  from the police van.

Rakesh told him that he believed his version because a man who could put his life in danger to save the life of a child cannot be a murderer ---then he asked Rekha to take up Yogesh 's case as her first post marriage fight in the courtroom ---his parents too could  not object to this .The man who had saved their grandson had to be protected.

There were smiles on all the faces in the room .

Needless to say that the honeymooners  could not go far as the fog was dense they were caught and the stollen articles returned to their respective owners .

Rekha hit the headlines as the regions up coming defence lawyer when she proved that Yogesh was the victim of a framed case where the actual murderer was the brother of the victim and he had murdered his own brother for share in ancestral property.

1 comment:

  1. Nice story Rajni Ji :) First few paragraphs reminded me of the Amitabh Bachchan classic 'Faraar' thoroughly enjoyed !!