“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-26

December 13th 2010 07:42 Hrs:

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

“Amruthaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” – Tarun

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

“Oh My God!” – Aravind

Tarun and Aravind were shocked to see Amrutha lying on the ground with the whole room shattered like anything.

Tarun quickly called for an Ambulance service. They both lifted Amrutha and made her lie down on the bed.

08:11 Hrs:

Tarun was searching for the file and started gathering all the papers that were lying on the floor. After few mins, they heard the Ambulance siren; Aravind went out and guided the people to the room where Amrutha was lying down.

They moved Amrutha into the Ambulance whereas Tarun was still searching for the missing papers in the files. Ambulance people were just about to start and then Tarun came out running after he found out all the missing papers of the file.

Tarun was about to lock the door and leave to hospital with Amrutha.

“Tarun. Wait.”

“What happened Aravind? We have to go.”

“Yes. I know. You just go with the Ambulance. I will join in few minutes.”

“What? What happened?”

“Tarun. Just go. I have found out something. I will directly come to the hospital. Just tell me the address once you reach there.”

“Okay Aravind. I am leaving. I will be at the hospital. Don’t tell anything to Sneha yet. I will call someone from my department to collect the file.”

“Okay Tarun. Hurry up.”

Aravind has found out something when they were about to leave from the room. After Tarun left, he searched each and every room and especially in which Amrutha was lying down.

08:40 Hrs:

Tring… Tring… Tring…

“Tarun. Where are you? Did you reach hospital?”

“Ya Aravind. We just reached. Did you start from the house?”

“I am just starting Tarun. I will go to Sneha. She is alone there.”

“Okay. That’s a good thing. Go there and finish those things. I will call you later.”

09:10 Hrs:

Aravind reached the place where Sneha and Rachana’s parents were there for the funeral of Rachana.

“Where is Tarun?”

“He is there with Amrutha and will join us after sometime.”
“Okay. Is everything fine?”

“Ya fine.”

Aravind was trying to hide it from Sneha as she was already in heavy pain with the loss of Rachana.

Sneha noticed that Aravind is thinking of something deep.

“Aravind. What happened? You are thinking of something very deep and not responding to me properly.”

“Is everything fine there?”

“Fine Sneha. Everything is okay.”

“No Aravind. You are trying to hide something from me. I could figure it out from your actions.”

“There is nothing like that Sneha. No sleep from last 2 days and so just feeling tired that’s it. Don’t worry dear. Stay with Aunt and Uncle. They need our support now.”

“Okay Aravind.”

10:12 Hrs:

Sneha is with Rachana’s parents trying to make them comfortable. It was not easy for her to console her as Rachana is their only daughter. They were also not aware that Rachana committed suicide by removing oxygen mask.

Aravind is looking after the arrangements there and then suddenly he gets call from Tarun.

“Hello Tarun. How is the situation there?”


“Hello. Tarun. Are you okay? What happened?”
“The baby is dead Aravind.”

“What? Tarun? What are you talking? How is Amrutha now?”

“She is behaving very odd Aravind. Its better if you can come over here.”

“Tarun. I will be right there.”
“What will you tell to Sneha?”

“I will manage her somehow Tarun. You don’t worry. I will be there at the hospital in the next 30 mins.”

“Okay Aravind. Thank you so much.”

10:27 Hrs:


“Yes Aravind.”

“Tarun called me. He has to go for a press meet at his office right now and so he called me to collect the file.”

“Okay. Come back soon Aravind.”

“Sure Sneha.”

Aravind drove so fast to reach the hospital as he was tensed about Amrutha and Tarun.

11:13 Hrs:

Aravind reached hospital and enquired about Amrutha at the reception.

“Hi. Can I know in which room number patient named Amrutha is admitted?”

“Gynec ward, Room No 217 Sir.”

“Thank You.”

11:17 Hrs:


“Aravind. Where is Amrutha? Who is looking after her? I want to meet the doctor right now.”

“She is in the ICU. Doctor is inside.”

“Okay. You stay here. Let me go inside and talk to the doctor.”

“Is there anything serious?”

“No Tarun. Nothing to worry. Just let me go and meet the doctor.”

11:19 Hrs:

“Doc. Can I come in?”

“Please wait out. Do not disturb the patient now. She is behaving weird. We are trying to calm her down with more dose of Anesthesia.”

“No No No No Doctor.”


“Doctor listen. I am Doctor Aravind, Psychiatrist. Amrutha has a problem and I am treating her. You have to let me in. I have some information regarding what happened to her today.”

“Oh. Okay. Sorry. Please come in.”

“Thanks doctor.”

11:23 Hrs:

“Doctor. Please don’t give her more dose of anesthesia.”


“Can I get the basic test results of her?”

“They will be out at any minute from the lab.”

“Okay. Can you allow me to talk to her alone?”
“Okay Doctor. I will be out.”

11:27 Hrs:

Aravind tried controlling Amrutha with his words and tried to make conversation with her. But she was not responding to his questions. She is continuously asking the same question.

“Where is my baby?”

“Amrutha. Listen. Baby is not healthy and so they had to keep her in incubator. Please relax. She is fine.”

“I want to see my baby now. Please allow me to go and see my baby.”

“Amrutha listen. Trust me. Baby is safe. Doctors are looking after her. Just talk to me.”

“No. I want to see my baby now.”

“Amrutha. Amrutha. Listen. Tell me what happened in the morning. How did you fall down on the ground.”




Aravind had almost two hours of discussion with Amrutha. After all the talks, finally Amrutha went into a deep sleep. Aravind stepped out of the room and the doctor and Tarun were waiting outside.

13:17 Hrs:

“Doctor Aravind. Amrutha’s reports are out.”

“Okay. Let’s go and talk inside. I have a lot to discuss.”

“Okay Doctor.”

“And, Can I talk to any senior doctor here?”

“Okay Aravind. We shall meet in the cabin.”

“Thank you. Please call up Tarun also.”


“Yes. That’s okay. He knows about Amrutha’s problem. And I have to tell this to him.”

“Okay Aravind. Give me 5 mins. I will arrange it up in the cabin next to ICU.”

13:29 Hrs:

Tarun, Aravind and the senior doctor met in the cabin and were talking about Amrutha. Aravind is explaining about Amrutha’s situation.

13:42 Hrs:

“Aravind. The report says that the child was dead because she consumed a mixed variety of medicines.”

“What?” – Tarun.

“Tarun. Wait. You remember the situation in Mumbai right? The same thing repeated here.”

“But, Aravind. Why is it so?”

“Because she saw the pics of Rachana from your file and also read the whole report.”

“Oh my God. It was completely my mistake. So, you mean to say, she ran into the same psychological problem and out of control she drank a mixed variety of medicines?”


“It’s not just only that. There is a bigger picture.”

“What is that Aravind?”

“She dint try to kill herself.”


“She tried to kill the baby inside her.”


¿¿¿: Why did she try to kill her baby


“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-24

December 12th 2010 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 provide 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.” – Tarun.

Sneha lost control of herself on hearing those words from Tarun. She started weeping out loud and was running to see Rachana. Aravind was trying to control her.

07:16 Hrs:

“Sneha, stop. She is undergoing treatment. And you cannot see her now.”

“No Tarun. I want to see her now. Please let me see her.”

“Sneha. Please listen to me. You cannot see her in this situation.”

Tarun and Aravind were trying hard to control Sneha and stop her from seeing Rachana. As this was happening, a bunch of media people were trying to rush inside to question Tarun.

07:20 Hrs:

“Sir, Sir, What happened Sir? How did this happen?” – Media

“Sir. What is the situation of the girl now?” – Media

“Sir. What is the department doing?” – Media

“Did you catch any of those criminals? What is the action the department is going to take?” – Media

As the media people were trying to rush in and posting questions to Tarun, the other people in the department were trying to control them by not allowing them to enter into the hospital.

Noticing this, Tarun came out to reach the media and answer their questions.

07:20 Hrs:

“Hold on. Please. One by one.” – Tarun.

“How did this happen sir?” – Media

“She, along with her friends went out for shopping and their friends dropped her at her house at around 22:40 Hrs. When she reached the door, she found out that the key was with her friend. Then she called them to come back and handover the key. By the time their friends reached back, a gang of 5 people saw her waiting outside at that late night and grabbed her into the car. She tried to defend them. And in that process her bag and phone fall down to the ground.

When their friends came back, they noticed that she was not there. They tried reaching her through mobile. Then they heard the sound nearby and then found out her belongings lying on the ground.

They immediately reached out to us. All our teams started searching for her by some traces. We alerted all the check points at the city outskirts. After 4 hours of search, we found her 23kms away from the border of the city at a damaged building near the rail track. When the gang noticed that the police were coming to them. They escaped from there. However, we were able to catch one among them. And now we are interrogating him and will soon trace out the other 4. We will not leave any of them and will bring them to justice.

The girl was badly hurt by them. She is now in ICU undergoing treatment. Once she is fine, we will get to know more details. ” –

Tarun explained the whole scenario to the media.

“Sir. Do you agree that night patrolling team and also the whole department failed in this case?” – Media.

“Listen. These kinds of situations don’t happen by giving an alert before. And yes. We failed in this case. And will make sure these kinds of situations will not happen again.” – Tarun.

“Sir. How is the girl now? What is her situation?”

“She is undergoing treatment in the ICU. Will get to hear from the doctors very soon. That’s all for now. We will keep you updated. Thank you. Thank you.” – said Tarun and went inside.

07:33 Hrs:

“According to the words from Special Officer Tarun, the girl was gang r***d by 5 people at the outskirts of the city. The girl was badly hurt and was undergoing treatment. Here it clearly explains the failure of the police department in providing security to the women in city. And also these kinds of harassments on women are increasing day by day in the city turning out the city as unsafe to women. Police needs to take serious action on these criminals immediately instead of revolving round the courts for years.” – Reporter Shalini with Cameraman Pratap, CNNINN Bangalore.

07:45 Hrs:

“Aravind. Amrutha is alone at home the whole night. I will go to her and will be back in an hour. Okay” – Tarun

“Sure Tarun. Go ahead. We will be here.” – Aravind

“Sneha. Please control yourself. I can understand the situation. But, we need to be a support to Rachana in this situation. And if we are like this. Then imagine her situation.” – Tarun

“Okay Tarun. Please go and see Amrutha. I will be here. I can be some help to the doctors if at all they need me.” – Sneha

“Ya. That’s good. Okay Sneha. Will be back in an hour.” – Tarun

08:24 Hrs:

Tarun reached home and stepped inside with the key he has with him. Amrutha was sleeping and Tarun took his dress to fresh up. On hearing the sound, Amrutha woke up.

“Tarun. When did you come home?”

“Just now dear. We had drill whole night and so it became late.”

“This is not late. This is called next day.” – Amrutha said and smiled at Tarun.

Tarun is showing no reactions and trying to hide himself from Amrutha as he don’t want to give any clue to Amrutha about the situation.

“Tarun. You missed a lot of fun yesterday night. Rachana and Aravind were teasing Sneha a lot. Aravind is so funny guy and he loves Sneha a lot. Rachana is a very naughty girl. We had a good time yesterday. I thought you will be joining us.”

“Mmm. Good Amrutha. I had lot of work yesterday and so was unable to join.”

“Okay Tarun. That’s fine. Where are you rushing now? You will be going back again?”

“Yes Amrutha. Need to go back. Lot of pending works.”

“ Take some rest dear.”

“Amrutha. Are you taking the pills on time?”

“Yes Tarun. Don’t worry. I am taking care of your baby very fine.”

10:02 Hrs:

Tarun went back to hospital. Rachana’s situation is still worse. In the late evening at 19:30 Hrs, he went to his office to complete some formalities and from there, he went to his home to see Amrutha.

23:02 Hrs:

Tring… Tring…

“Hello. Tarun here.”

“Tarun. This is Aravind.”

“Ya Aravind. Tell. What happened?”

“You need to come over here right now.”

“What happened Aravind? Is everything fine?”

“Please come fast Tarun.”

23:42 Hrs:

Tarun reached hospital. It was so crowded with the media and other people from the department. Aravind was waiting for him at the entrance.

“Aravind. What happened?” – Tarun

“Sir. How did this happen sir? Your department failed again?” – Media

“Is this because of your carelessness or the hospital people?” – Media

“Who should be blamed for this Sir?” – Media

“Hold on. Wait. I will answer all your questions. Wait”

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 asked no one of us to disturb her and so we were waiting outside. And suddenly we heard the beep sound. By the time we went inside, she was dead.”

¿¿¿: Is it suicide or murder

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