Everyone is inside the morgue room.

“Sir, please check whether this dead body is your daughter.”

Binoy, with his trembling hand, uncovers the upper part of the dead body, and then,

The face is completely unrecognisable, having multiple scratches, as if it was attacked multiple times with knife or some other sharp tool.

“I…aa…I’m not sure, but s…she has the same watch, like the one I gifted my daughter on her 24th birthday……(crying, he screams)…Sh….She may be my daughter.”

ACP Sengupta, keeping his left hand on Binoy’s right shoulder, says

“Relax….Mr. Das…(removes his left hand, and then calls one of the sergeants)Bisht, Send this body to Forensic Lab for Post Mortem”

“Yes sir”

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ACP is busy doing his work. The phone rings. He takes the call.

“Hello…Is this Kolkata Police Head Quarters???”

“Yes”

“May I speak to ACP Shubhendru Sengupta.”

“Yes. Speaking.”

“Sir..This is Abhinav Moitra from Hind Mobile Communications Ltd. Sir, You asked for call log of (Maithili’s mobile number), registered in the name of Maithili Das?”

“Yes. I did.”

“Sir. I would like to tell that we have e-mailed you all the details.”

“Okay. Thanks.”

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“May I come in, Sir? (while gently knocking with the back of his index and the middle fingers of right hand, on the door)”

“Yes…Come in, Bisht”

“Thank you, sir….I wanna tell that I tallied all the numbers in Maithili’s call log with our criminal record, but none of them matched, sir….Sir, I also wanna tell that I noticed 2 numbers which were dialled, and received ofttimes by Maithili…We confirmed from Mr. Das that the first number is of Debonita Thakur, Maithili’s best friend, and we tried to find about the other one, but it’s coming out of coverage, and Mr. Das had no clue about it. We have sent the other number to the telephone agencies, to get its details. We asked Mr. Das whether Maithili had a boyfriend, but he gainsaid it, and said that she used to go in search of jobs, and not to meet some guy. Sir, also, we talked to almost every company’s management section, but all of them said that no girl with the name and face like Maithili Binoy Das, came for an interview for any post in the field of management yesterday, as she was a management student.”

“Hmm…Okay…Why did she lie about her interview to her fatherBisht(in a curious and inquisitive manner), you said the name…something..Debonita Thakur, right??”

“Yes, sir. Debonita…She was Maithili’s best friend”

“Bisht….Find out about this Debonita…This girl may be the key link of this case”

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ACP, with his team, is standing in front of a flat’s door with the name plate “Harikishan Thakur”. He knocks on the door. The door is opened by a woman.

“Yes.”

“(Showing his ID card) ACP Shubhendru Sengupta, Kolkata Police.”

“(Dazzled) Ye…Yes, how may I help you?”

“We have come here, to meet Debonita.”

“Yeah….She is my daughter…..Please, come in..(showing the way to sofa) Please, be seated….I…I’ll call her.”

(Debonita comes)

“(Dazzled)Y..Yes”

“Hey Debonita, you are..hmm..I guess best friend of Maithili Das. Right???”

“Yeah. We are besties since school.”

“Did she tell you about someone following her, like…like boyfriend, something that used to disturb her, or…or like anything that she was tensed about???”

“Hmm…yes, sir, she has a boyfriend, Rehaan Ahuja, and they love each other a lot, but she hasn’t told about this to Binoy uncle, as he hates boyfriend kind of things. Sir, but why are you asking this??”

“Your friend is missing since yesterday morning. Her father filed a FIR. We got a dead body, near the bank of the river. Though her face is unrecognisable, we suspect that to be of your friend.”

“(Dazzled) W..What….(starts to cry)No, she…she can’t  die.”

Bisht’s mobile rings. He receives the call. After the call gets over, ACP turns his face towards Bisht, and asks,

“What happened, Bisht?”

“Sir, the other number is of Mr. Rehaan Ahuja.”

to be continued……..

(NEXT CHAPTER OUT SOON)

 

A wanderer in the desert of dreams

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