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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Deliverance



‘Ganesh, you are under arrest ‘inspector Godbole told him without batting an eye as he looked at him coldly! He trembled as his feet seemed to become leaden.

‘Sahab it was an accident’ he pleaded almost begging. His world had fallen apart as the New Year ushered in.

Merry making was in the air and crackers burst as the band struck! The New Year Party had reached the crescendo as the couples waltzed on the dance floor. Ravi was holding ravishing Priya close, as he whispered ‘Happy New Year’ in her ear.

An hour later, Ravi bid Priya good bye and walked up to the foyer of the hotel and called for his driver Ganesh. The red ’Swift’ screeched to a halt, as Ganesh opened the door.

‘You sit behind’ Ravi told Ganesh as he got into the drivers seat!

‘Sir, but Sahab will be angry, so please let me drive, he pleaded.

‘Do as you are told’, Ravi said in an inebriated state and pushed Ganesh in as he took the drivers seat and switched on the loud music.

Ganesh kept protesting but the car roared and took to the street. He was very afraid, as the car hit the Western Express highway and headed in the direction of Andheri. Tearing through the night the car speeded till it reached the flyover and turned. There was a loud crash and wail of humans! The car had just struck a group of beggars who were resting on the pavement under the flyover.

Ravi was too scared and continued to press the accelerator as Ganesh looked back in horror at the trail of destruction and writhing human bodies. The car continued for two more kilometers before coming to halt at the apartment parking as the guard opened the door. It was around 2 AM in the early morning!

Ravi rushed in home and broke the news to his father who opened the door! He was taken a back and looked at Ganesh who stood with folded hands and looked meekly at Mr Tandon, the wealthy industrialist. ‘Now listen, if police come, here and ask, it is you who was driving, he told Ganesh.

‘We will take care of you and your family, don’t worry! He said. After some protest Ganesh agreed as he had left his family behind in Gomoh in Bihar who needed money as he was the lone bread winner. The car was washed clean and except some dents and scrap of paint, it suffered after the crash!

Through the night, a lot happened, as Inspector Godbole was assigned the case. He took pictures of the spot and met a few wailing beggars. Two men had died on the spot and three were injured. One of them remembered that the car was red colored and bore a number 0333 as last digits. After, running through the records next morning the only car that he could home on belonged to Mr Tandon residing in Saki Naka, Andheri. By afternoon the car was taken in custody and Inspector Godbole interviewed the family and collected information. After sustained interrogation, Ganesh, accepted to the crime and was taken in custody! His world fell apart at the thought of spending long years in prison!

Godbole was a perfectionist and his reputation had remained untarnished as an upright investigating officer after eight years long service in the crime department. He thoroughly inspected the car and looked for tell tale evidences and clues.

Two months had passed and Ganesh was still in lock up!

It was a Saturday, when the doorbell rang outside Mr Tandon’s home. The servant opened the door as Inspector Godbole and two policeman walked in!

‘What can I do for you, inspector?’ asked Mr Tandon casually

‘We have an arrest warrant for your son charged with double murder and for destruction of evidence’ Godbole said, waving the warrant before him.

After two months of intense investigation he had collected evidences which had finally sealed the case almost watertight. He had the statement of hotel concierge staff who saw Ravi taking the seat on steering, a lighter belonging to Ravi which had fallen under the driver’s seat while occupying it and traces of human flesh under the bonnet of the car although it had been washed clean. The finger prints of Ravi matched with those lifted from the lighter and from the CD player installed in the car which was not wiped clean!

Ganesh was set free for a crime which he had not done after court proceedings. He looked up towards the sky and thanked god for the justice finally done!

PS- Image  Kind Courtesy Google
       Thank You Radhika  Gupta for being kind to pass me an award on 05 July 12


87 comments:

  1. So true of the Indian context, and so stupid of Ganesh. But in the given circumstances, it was understandable.

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  2. Beautiful story but this is what happens. Unfortunately there are not many Godboles.

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  3. Very enlightening story and wonderful narrative. The truth can never be hidden for long and will always triumph - sometimes sooner, at other times a little later - how true!

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    1. Thanks Arti! This world still rests on hopes:)

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  4. I liked this story :) Very applicable to the Indian context...Of course I am glad the story had a happy ending with justice being done in the end. Unfortunately, in India - this is not usually the case..

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    1. Agree with you Divya, but sometimes justice does catch up!

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  5. Good one :)
    Loved the swift narration!
    Somehow, it reminded me of an incident described in "The White Tiger". :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Akanksha! There are so many such incidents!

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  6. A great story with a lot of suspense - I believe you like justice as your fictional stories come with happy endings and justice is always served in the end, in one way or another.:))
    You should write suspense scripts for TV.;))
    Have a great week,
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Zuzana for that lovely comment!I like to see justice happening:)

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  7. So easy it is for the rich to buy out thier thier independance on the account of the poor. I really cant sya what Ganesh did was wrong, but if he was braver, he could have moved out and try to find a job elsewhere. After all freedom is important and justice should be done. Gripping Rahulji. enjoying your new series of story with a pic.

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    1. Jenny, so many people in India are just managing to just keep their head above water before they drown in the misery created by few:(Thanks for your kind comment!

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  8. I like the end, justice found its way to give Ganesh his freedom!

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    1. I love to see justice happening Francesca:)

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  9. Perfectly narrated! Unfortunately, in real life, rich culprits are getting away from the law.

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    1. It is a shame, Padmaja that the rich get away and hence we find such a vitiated environment:(

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  10. I have heard this story earlier. I think it is a true incident with fictitious names right? Well, great narration!

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    1. Thanks a lot Kusum! Too many such stories in real life, unfortunately!

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  11. That's the ugly truth of our society... Recently there was a high profile hit and run case that involved a famous celebrity.. the celebrity said that people shouldn't be sleeping on the pavement and therefore it's a mistake on their part.. i was shocked to hear that!!

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    1. Very true Radhika! The power drunk people seldom respect human lives:(

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    2. I read the last line just now.. you're welcome Mr. Rahul.. Thanks for mentioning me!!

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  12. Wish it would conclude like this in reality too

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    1. We only pray to see justice happening!

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  13. Ah!!! Nice story, but in reality I guess the second part is very difficult!!! :(
    There is a kannada movie Accident which was exactly similar to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accident_(1985_film)

    Good one Rahul sir!

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    1. Agree Ramya that this may appear to be difficult in reality but sometimes the law manages to catch even the cleverest:)Thanks for finding similarity with the Kannada film which I wish I too had seen:)

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  14. Hi Rahul, I've been reading the other comments and wondering if this really happens in reality? Where the driver often takes the fall for his/her manager? Its quite shocking but I guess there are similar incidences of corruption here in SA. Poor Ganesh had to suffer the aftermath of the horrific accident for 2 long months away from his family when he was completely innocent. He is a noble and loyal person and employee for doing that. Alls well that ends well but I am saddened that there are people out there (probably those in higher societal positions) who commit crimes, even by accident, and are not willing to confess and undergo the consequences. Good story!

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    1. Sam, in a country riddled with extremes of rich and poor, and best and the worst these things are pretty common! In developed world the instances of such kind may be few! Thanks anyway to have liked the story:)

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  15. Excellent narrative and turn so real! We hear many such incidents these days due to drink and drive and rash driving... whoever behind the wheel must be punished for wrong done.

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    1. Precisely Jeevan! Thanks for your comment!

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  16. Wonderful story, Rahul. The evidence was watertight. Yea to an honest inspector Godbole! Wish we could trust our inspectors in real life to dispense true justice too. :(

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    1. A huge thanks KayEm for your kind comment! We wish there were more Godbole's in the world:)

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  17. I wish that happens in real life too. Poor men has to pay the price. I wish we have such Inspectors....

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    1. So true Saru! We all wish the world to be more fair:0

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  18. In reality, the policeman would had rung the bell and asked Mr Tandon to cough up a hefty bribe. Divine justice exists only in fiction.

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    1. Quite agree with you Purba! This is fiction:) But let us not forget that a few upright people have managed to keep many musclemen behind the bars even in the worst and most corrupt places!

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  19. A perfectionist scenario. wish everything happened so fast and correct in the legal world! Good write up

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    1. Jerley we do not live in ideal world but hope that things look up, at least for the sake of justice:)

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  20. wish this happens in REAL tooo rather then reel :)

    Things works at a snail pace in our great nation, I know that I would not have been able to work there .. OR may be I would have become one of them

    Bikram's

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    1. True:)Things move really slow Bikram, no denying!

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  21. Interesting read apart sad story! I wish such incidents are driven away from streets and people take into careful driving.

    Hugs
    Shilpa

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  22. Nice story and I live the ending.

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  23. True story..real life characters change.Pavement dwellers,innocent bystanders fall victims to drunk drivers,their influential protectors in parents and the corrupt system.Sirf naam badalte hain.
    We can only wish for more Godboles in our police and judiciary.

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    1. Very true Sharmila! The names change and with some more twists the story reappears after a lapse of time:( Ironical!!

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  24. I have heard many such really stories.. luckly for Ganesh there was a Godbole., but in reality there is just 1 or no Godboles.. :(

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    1. So many of them Dipthi! Wish more Godboles to come to rescue of innocent:)

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    2. i know.. anyways, it was a nice story, and let us hope in the future there are many Godboles.. :)
      Do follow my blog and keep reading, would be grateful, if nice writers like you read and comment.. :)

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    3. Thanks a lot Dipthi:) am reading your blog now and am grateful to you for those remarks!You have a very nice blog too!

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  25. Looks like I just read a real story from a Gurgaon newspaper...It is said that roads are a mirror of our society. So true.

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    1. A huge thanks Alka! Roads mirror not only the society but also the culture of the place:)

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  26. This does happen, right -- chauffeurs having to on take the blame for late night accidents caused by their masters' drunken driving. Wasn't there one such incident recently? A few days back I read a book (by an Indian author)that also had a similar story in it. This is sad.
    Policemen should read this post, maybe they'll draw some inspiration to pursue those cases that seem to be 'all-settled.'

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    1. Divya, unfortunately these incidents happen after every regular interval of time as rarely any one is punished to send a hard message! Thanks indeed for your kind comment

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  27. sad story...great narration...

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    1. Thanks a lot Ashok for your nice comment!

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  28. Rahul....."La liberaciòn "
    Cada vez son màs los accidentes que ocurren en las rutas.
    No solamente por ir tomados, el peligro està en el celular.

    ¡¡¡ Muy interesante relato !!

    El comentrario que me has dejado en " El dentista " no puedo hacerlo ingresar a mi blog.... dice correo sospechoso jajjaaj



    un beso desde Argentina.

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    1. Gracias a Doris mucho por tu comentario! Me sorprende que mi comentario fue enviado a su correo spam: (

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  29. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  30. Yes this type of things happens so often that it is scary.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  31. Hi Rahul, I felt that I was reading the newspaper and the reporter was interested in holding the readers' eyeballs till the last word. I enjoyed the post a lot.

    Btw..have you ever considered writing fiction seriously? You would do a brilliant job :)

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    1. A big thanks Rachna for those words! I wish to write fiction:)

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  32. Thanks Rahul, have a wonderful weekend!

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  34. Very nice post.....
    Aabhar!
    Mere blog pr padhare.

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  35. Is that a true story..? or just a creation of ur mind..?
    if its true, I'm glad justice being done.

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    1. This is a creation of mind:) Thanks a lot for visiting my blog!

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  36. Is salmon khan or his brother the inspiration of this story? :) my husband showed me the news....nice story...glad that justice was done at least in your story...however in reality, nothing happens...:(

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    1. This is inspired by such incidents:) What you wrote is true:)

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  37. this happens on a regular basis. unfortunately, the justice is not done in reality.

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  38. I am reading your posts for the first time today,don't know how i missed...and long live the Godboles.

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  39. A big thanks Indu! We sure need a lot of Godboles in our system!

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  40. In a way, one could relate to these incidents in a lot of way. People tend to push the innocent and pass the blame on them. But if God is bent on saving people, no one can stop him!

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  41. Very true, Ashwini that sometimes scheming fails!

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  42. nice !!truth n only truth prevails!
    at the beginning of the story I assumed Salman Khan 's real life story :)
    ...

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  43. These days there is little difference between real life and reel life, Harman! Thanks a lot:)

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