“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-25

December 12th 2010 23:49 Hrs:

Tarun and Aravind were walking inside.

“Aravind. What happened?”

“Tarun… Rachana is dead.”


“Yes Tarun. She removed oxygen mask herself. Doctors were in rounds and so asked us not to disturb her. We were waiting outside and suddenly we heard the beep sound. By the time we went inside, she was found dead.”

“How did this happen Aravind? There is no doctor or nurse monitoring her?”

“A nurse was there, but, as another emergency burning case came, she rushed to attend that. And in between this happened.”

Tarun remained silent without uttering any words.

“Tarun… Tarun…”

“Ya. Aravind. I am fine. Let me go inside and see her.”

“Okay Tarun.”

As Tarun was walking inside, Sneha saw him coming, ran towards him and hugged him with pain.

“Sneha. Sneha.”

Sneha was not responding to him and was weeping loud.

“Sneha. I do not know what to talk to you and how to console you. I became helpless now. I am feeling shame to put this uniform on which failed to save one girl.”

Sneha was still weeping out loud and was not at all responding to Tarun’s words. Meanwhile, one among the other officers stepped inside.

December 13th 2010 00:03 Hrs:

“Tarun sir, Media people are questioning a lot. There are asking about you. Can you please come and address them.”

“Okay. I am coming. Just give me 2 mins. I will first speak with the doctor and then I will address their queries.”

“Okay Sir.”

“Sneha, control. Right now my only concentration is on how to punish them so that there will not be any other such incidents.”

As Sneha was not leaving Tarun, Aravind came near and took her away from Tarun.

“Doctor. Can we talk for 2 minutes.” – Tarun

“Yes sir.”

“Can you please brief me how did this happen?”


“No, not to me. Directly in-front of the media can you explain. I want things to be transparent and true to the world.”

“Sure Tarun sir.”

00:05 Hrs:

“Sir. How did this happen?” – Media 1

“There is no one in the room to safe guard her?” – Media 2

“Hospital staff and the police staff both of them failed to provide security to her and save her life?” – Media 3

“Whom to be blamed now? The police for failing to provide security outside or the hospital staff who failed to save her inside?” – Media 4

“Hold on. Hold on. I guess the media should think of the current situation for a while before shooting questions continuously. Before I answer all your questions, doctor will explain what exactly happened.”

“By the time, she was bought into the hospital; she was badly hurt with only 10 to 15% chances of survival. We tried our best to save her. And also she was completely down psychologically and ran into depression. We used the oxygen mask at high rates to make sure that her heart keeps pumping and that she won’t run into coma.”

“If you have taken this much precautions, how did this happen?” – Media

“Hold on. Let the doctor complete briefing. Then you can start questioning.” – Tarun

“As every 4 hours, I along with other doctors go for rounds. And the same way, I went for rounds by making sure one of our nurses is with her. We requested all others to stay outside the room as the ICU is completely electronic equipment and any radiation from mobiles or from the body of the people may lead to malfunctioning. And all of a sudden, we have received an emergency fire case. To address that, the nurse who is with her stepped out. I guess I don’t need to explain you how much depression the patients will be in these kinds of cases, she observed there is no one inside the room and removed the oxygen mask. Immediately in the next 5 seconds, her heart stopped pumping due to lack of oxygen supply. By the time we went inside on hearing the heart monitor beep sound, she was dead.”

“Doctor. So, this is purely due to negligence of hospital staff?” – Media

“Listen. These kinds of things are unpredictable and uncontrollable. We did the best we can from the morning and at the end no one expects that she will do like this.” –Doctor

“In these kinds of cases, women are more sensitive. So, is it not your responsibility to make sure someone is always there with her?” – Media

“Hey, listen, listen. Let the doctor go. I will address your next questions. Thank you doctor you may go now.”

00:27 Hrs:

“Why are you sending away the doctor? Are you trying to hide something?”

“Please don’t talk whatever you feel. 2 minutes back you were asking like why there is no one at the patients and now you are asking why did I send the doctor? Don’t you feel that there is a logical connection between these two?”

“Sir. We lost a girl now forever. And what’s your next move on this? Did you manage to catch the other four?”

“Look. I personally know this girl from over a year. I feel ashamed that not only me, but also my uniform failed in saving her. And now when things came in our hands also we failed to save her. Now our next move is to catch hold of those criminals and bring them to justice.”

“Sir. With our judiciary system, do you really think the justice will be instant for those criminals?”

“Yes, I understand. But, there are some things which are not in our control and we can never change them.”

“Sir. Don’t you think that because of the delay in justice, these kinds of criminals are not afraid of our system and hence there is a high increase in these kinds of cases? What do you think is the best way to stop these kinds of things?”

“If a criminal who is caught is punished at right time, the next one thinks at least for a second before committing the crime.”

“How do you want to make it sir?”

“I don’t have answers for all your questions. Now let us end this here. We have got lot of formalities to be completed. Thank you all.”

00:39 Hrs:

“Aravind. You and Sneha go and stay at Rachana’s house. I will come there in the morning after we finish all the formalities.”

“No Tarun. We will come with you.” – Sneha

“Sneha. It’s already midnight. Its better you both leave this place.”

“No Tarun. We are coming with you.

“Tarun. That’s okay. We will be with you till all the formalities are completed.”

“Okay. Sneha, we informed her parents. They will be here by morning.”

06:39 Hrs:

(After 6 hours)

Tarun finished all the formalities and made arrangements for her funeral.

06:41 Hrs:

Amrutha woke up suddenly from the bed. She was sweating completely.

“Tarun… Tarun…”

She started searching the rooms and then realized that he is not in. when she was moving to the living room, she heard a noise and stepped out of the house. It was the sound of newspaper. She took the newspaper, bought it inside and kept it on the table.

After placing it on the table, she was just walking few steps away and then suddenly looks at the headlines.

“Teenage girl gang r***d at the city outskirts and the girl commited suicide by removing the oxygen mask.” – The Hindu

She immediately picks up her and calls Tarun.

06:52 Hrs:

“Tarun… Tarun… Amrutha is calling you.”

“Hey Sneha. Don’t answer the call. Pass it on here.”

“Hello Amrutha.”

“Hey Tarun. Where are you? When are you coming home?”

“What happened Amrutha?”

“Tarun. Come back soon.”

“What happened Amrutha?”

“Tarun. I had a very bad dream. And then when I look at the newspaper, I see the same kind of news as headlines. I feel much tensed Tarun. Please come soon.”

“Amrutha. Please don’t worry. I am coming right now. Give me 15 mins and I will be there.”

Tarun disconnected the call.

“For this person, if duty is there, he will forget everything.” – Amrutha.

Amrutha picks Tarun’s file which he left the last night and takes it inside to put it on Tarun’s desk. When she tries to place it on the table, one pic from the file falls down.


07:32 Hrs:

“Sir. Rachana’s parents reached. We have to get signatures on those papers.”

“Okay. The file is in the jeep. Get it.”

“Okay sir.”

07:33 Hrs:

“Sir. File is not here.”

“Check it in the dash board.”

“No Sir. I checked. It’s not here.”

07:34 Hrs:

“Oh shit. Damn.”

“What happened Tarun?” – Sneha

“I left Rachana’s file at home.”

“What file?”

“It has Rachana’s pictures at the spot. What if Amrutha finds it?”

“I have to move now. I will be back soon.”

“Tarun. Let me come with you.” – Aravind.

“No Aravind. You stay with Sneha. I will be back soon.”

“That’s okay Tarun. I will be here with Rachana’s parents. You both go.”

07:39 Hrs:

Tarun stopped the car outside and asked Aravind to stay inside the car. He reached the door and unlocked it. The moment he stepped inside, he found the newspaper pieces lying on the ground.

“Amrutha. Amrutha. Where are you?”

He crossed the living room and reached Amrutha’s bed room.

“Amrutha. Amrutha…”

After searching all the rooms, he stepped into his room and was shocked to see Amrutha.


On hearing Tarun’s voice, Aravind went running inside.

“Oh My God!”

¿¿¿: What happend to Amrutha


“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-23

Recap of Story:

The story goes round in major cities of India between Tarun and Amrutha who are husband and wife. Tarun is a Police Officer whereas Amrutha is also working women whose designation not yet disclosed. They both unknowingly work on the same series of murder cases that happened in different parts of India. All the victims of murder cases are criminals who were believed to being killed while they are being transferred from one jail to another.

Amrutha has a psychological problem which Tarun gets to know only when his parents faces brutal death during in car bombing on the day of Mumbai attacks. Sneha, is a doctor and is a friend of Tarun’s.

Tarun is trying to send Amrutha out of country with the help of Sneha as he doesn’t want Amrutha to work in the current case as he is afraid that it may affect her health because of the psychological problem she has.

Sneha who also started helping Tarun, now goes against him and demands him to explain the exact reason behind that. Tarun then starts explaining the story that happened in Bangalore 3 years back. Tarun and Amrutha gets settled in Bangalore. One day he gets to know that Amrutha is pregnant.

They all celebrates the moment and in the middle Sneha tells about her love with Aravind. Tarun and Amrutha feels bit surprised but then feels happy for that. Few months later, Aravind arrives at Bangalore to meet Sneha. Amrutha, Sneha, Rachana(Sneha’s friend) and Aravind goes for shopping and then after dropping Amrutha, drops Rachana at her home.

Rachana realizes that the key is with Sneha and so she calls her. Sneha and Aravind drives back to give her the key. But then after reaching they couldn’t see Rachana anywhere. Sneha calls to her mobile and then Aravind finds that the mobile and her belongings are lying on the road few blocks away.

(Please read the previous epi’s for the complete story)

December 12th 2010 23:29 Hrs:

Aravind hears the mobile tone somewhere nearby.

“Hey Sneha. I am hearing the ring somewhere here.”

They both started searching in the direction they were hearing the ring of the mobile.

After few steps, Aravind gets shocked seeing mobile and her belongings lying on the road few blocks away from her house.

Noticing this, Sneha comes running towards Aravind.

“Aravind. What are these? Why are they lying here? What might have happened to her?”

Sneha’s started getting tensed about Rachana. She searched the nearby places. But, couldn’t find her anywhere.

“Sneha. Sneha. Come here.” – Aravind.

Seeing Sneha getting worried, Aravind starts calling her back.

“Sneha, come back here. We have something here.”

She immediately runs back to Aravind when she heard those words from him.

“What is it Aravind? Did you find anything?”

“Look at this place, there are many foot prints and a car tire prints.”

As Aravind was explaining his analysis on the situation, Sneha takes her mobile and starts dialing a number.

“Hey. Whom are you calling?”

“I am calling Tarun. He is the best help for us now in this situation.”

“Okay. Okay. Call”

23:35 Hrs:

That day, even though it’s a weekend, Tarun was busy that day at the office due to security plan.

“Hello Sneha. Got into train?”

“Tarun… Tarun…”

“Hey Sneha. What happened?”

“Tarun. Tarun. Rachana is missing.”

“What? What are you talking Sneha. I do not understand”

Sneha is so tensed that she is not getting words to explain the situation to Tarun. Aravind, who is looking in the corners nearby for some clues, came to Sneha, took the mobile and explained the situation to Tarun.

“Aravind. Just stay there. I will contact the nearest team and will send them there. Where are you exactly?”

“Hold on Tarun.”

Aravind was searching the nearby places to find out a location point landmark to share with Tarun so that he can trace it easy and send his team over there.

“Tarun. We are at Narayana Reddy Layout, 1st Main Road. We have an ICICI Bank ATM nearby Tarun.”

“Okay. Okay. Just stay there Aravind. I am calling my team nearby. They will reach there any minute. And also I am starting immediately. Don’t go anywhere.”

23:40 Hrs:

“Control room. Come in. Control Come in. Over”

“Control room responding.”

“Hello. Tarun here.”

“Yes Sir. Tell me Sir.”

“I want you to patch me through to the nearby unit of Narayana Reddy Layout, Electronic City.”

“Sure Sir one minute.”

“Hello. Patch me to my WT. Not to my mobile.”

“Okay sir. Sure”

“Tarun Sir. Patched Unit-7 to your WT.”


23:43 Hrs:

“Hello. Unit-7. Respond. Over”

“Unit 7 here. Over”

“This is Tarun here. We have an emergency situation at 1st cross Main road, Narayana Reddy Layout. The land mark is ICICI Bank ATM. Over”

“Moving sir.”

“I am on my way. I will reach there in next 10 mins. There is a male and female aged about 25 to 28 years there. Reach them.”

“Okay Sir. Over”

“Stay in this FQ with me.”

“Okay Sir.”

23:43 Hrs:

Tarun was driving at the maximum speed to reach Aravind and Sneha. After dispatching the unit, he is in line with them to make sure things don’t go wrong further.

“Hello Aravind.”

“Ya Tarun.”

“Just stay there. My team will reach there any minute. Explain them the situation. I am on my way and will reach in next few minutes.”

“Okay Tarun. Will do that.”

“Aravind. Is Sneha fine?”

“I am trying to control her Tarun. I guess after you come she will be alright a bit.”

“Okay. Okay. Just 5 mins. I will be there.”

23:49 Hrs:

Tarun reached the place and by that time, his team started examining the place and the situation.

Seeing Tarun, Sneha came running towards him and started crying.

“Sneha. Sneha. Listen. Stop crying. Nothing will happen. We will trace her out. Don’t worry.”

“It all happened in five minutes Tarun. And I am the one to be blamed. I forgot to give her the keys.”

“Sneha. Wait. Let me work with my team. And stop thinking in –ve sense. Nothing will go wrong.”

23:51 Hrs:


“Yes. What’s the situation?”

“Sir. These are lying in this place 3 meters away from the house. And also there are multiple footsteps over there. We guess there could be at least 4 to 5 people involved.”

“Okay. Did you alert the teams around the check points?”

“Yes Sir. We did that. Alerted all the teams around the city and instructed them to inspect each and every vehicle passing by.”

Tarun started examining the place. He looked at each and every corner searching for some clues.

December 12th 2010 00:02 Hrs:

“Aravind. You and Sneha stay here. Two of our men will be here guarding outside.”

“Sneha. Don’t call Amrutha and don’t tell her anything about this. I told her that I will be running late in the mock drill.”

“Okay Tarun. Please call us as and when you have some updates on Rachana.”

“Don’t worry Sneha. We will do the best.”

00:11 Hrs:

“Sir… Sir…” – one of the team members came running to Tarun holding something with him.

“Sir. I have found this duppatta in the next turn.”

“Sneha. Is this Rachana’s?” –Tarun was getting it confirmed from Sneha.

“Ya Tarun. It’s hers”

“Okay. Go inside. Be safe”

00:14 Hrs:

Tarun and his team moved to the street where they have found the duppatta and observed the area more clearly.

00:19 Hrs:

“There are some rough tire prints here. I guess the vehicle moved at high speed and so at the turn the tire marks are clearer. Let’s go this way. Let’s try tracing this direction.”

“Team. Two of you stay here and the rest lets split up in different directions. Call the control room and ask for an additional team who needs to be dispatched to the right end exit corner of the city. Also tell them to set up FQ-Channel at 3 for all of us.”

Tarun is mobilizing all the teams to various directions of the city and also to the exit corners of the city.

“Kidnappings have become very frequent in the city from the past two years. Especially women of age between 20 to 30. Bangalore, which is the fastest growing city due to vast spread of IT companies, is other way becoming dangerous for women.”

00:48 Hrs:

“FQ-Channel-3 team come-in. FQ-Channel-3 team come-in.”

“Tarun. Here.”

“Sir. We have got info from the people around here that a vehicle with around 5 to 6 people in it crossed this CP at high speed 45 mins ago.”

“Okay. Follow the track.”

“Yes sir.”

“Stay in this channel and keep updating me. We are moving there.”

06:33 Hrs:

(After 6 hours)

“Aravind. Please call me when after u see this text. And please move away from Sneha.”

06:35 Hrs:

“Hello Tarun. Tell me.”

“Sneha is not next to you right?”

“No Tarun. She is not there. What happened Tarun? Anything serious?”

“I don’t understand how to tell this.”

“What happened Tarun? Please tell. We are tensed whole night.”

“We found her.”

“Oh. Okay. How is she? What happened?”

“She is badly hurt by 5 people. We caught one and trying to trace others.”

“What? What are you talking Tarun. How is she now?”

“I am not able to explain Aravind. Now taking her to the hospital. You and Sneha come there. Our guards will escort you to the hospital.”

07:07 Hrs:

Aravind and Sneha reached the hospital. Sneha is in heavy pain and was crying badly.

“Tarun. Where is Rachana? What happened to her?” – Sneha.

“She is under treatment Sneha. Wait here.”

“What happened to her Tarun. Please tell me. How is she now? Treatment for what?”

Sneha is continuously asking the same questions to Tarun. Aravind is trying to control her.

07:09 Hrs:

Tarun was trying to control his anger and pain. But as Sneha was continuously questioning him. He replied her in high voice and anger.

“How can I tell you that we failed to prove proper security to the city and because of that she is gang r****d by 5 bastards. We were not even able to catch them except one. I feel ashamed of myself and my department. The situation she is in is because of us. She is badly hurt by those guys.”

¿¿¿: Being a women

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