CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (7)
SI Gautam returned to the police station with the evidence against Kunal stored safely in his laptop. He also had to track the bodies of the missing ladies. It couldn’t simply vanish from the face of the earth. He wanted to bring Kunal and his father for questioning. He saw DSP Chaudhary waiting for him.
Chaudhary said, ” Well done, Gautam. You managed to gather evidence against the pain in the ass, Kunal Mehta. Hand over the laptop to me and I will make sure to get him arrested.” Gautam didn’t immediately obey his order as his cop instinct told him that Chaudhary might be one of the rotten cops on the payroll of Dipak and Kunal Mehta. He made sure that there was no electronic bug or any spy cam before planning to conduct the raid. How the hell did he know what Gautam and his team was upto?
He hesitated a bit and replied, ” Don’t worry, sir. It’s my duty to take care of things like these. A senior officer like you need not get involved in a task like this.” Chaudhary had an evil grin on his face. He said, ” It looks like you figured everything out . That’s fine with me. Do as I say and hand over the laptop. Dipak Mehta has promised to reward us handsomely if we turn over the evidence to him. Don’t be a fool and turn down this golden opportunity.” When Gautam didn’t respond, Chaudhary pointed his gun. Suddenly, their heads turned as the missing Inspector Vishwas, entered the police station and his gun pointed at Chaudhary.
Gautam was both shocked and overjoyed to see his senior and mentor, hale and hearty. ” Didn’t expect me to survive, did you? ” chuckled Vishwas, ” Mr. Chaudhary, I have a proposal for you. If you stop pestering Gautam for the evidence, I may consider letting your son-in-law, Kunal Mehta, get away with a reduced sentence. In fact, he has agreed for a plea bargain and named you and his father has co-conspirators. I have his written statement.”
Chaudhary lost his temper. He said, ” Why that dirty double crosser? Here I am trying to save his skin. How dare he implicate me in his crime?” Vishwas winked at SI Gautam who promptly understood the situation and started recording Chaudhary’s indirect involvement in the rape and murder of Monica Mehta. Dr. Rohit Aggrawal was just a puppet and never married to Monica because she was already dead. In fact, they used him as a smokescreen to hide a big fact. The girl, who pretended to be Monica Aggarwal, nee, Mehta, was Kunal’s new wife and latest conquest, Nivedita, who was DSP Chaudhary’s daughter. Chaudhary and his daughter both wanted to take over the Mehtas Business Empire. So, Chaudhary and a few corrupt men along with the then medical examiner, had helped cover up the murder and pin the blame on the young police cadet Vishwas. Investigator Kapil Shrivastav was one of the bad cops.
SI Gautam was shocked to discover more skeletons tumbling out of the closet. Chaudhary continued, ” The father-son duo are wretched, ungrateful creatures after what I have done for them. They continued to prey upon unsuspecting young female employees working in Mehta’s company. They raped and murdered them while I disposed their bodies in different locations. I bribed Constable Ram Prasad to join us and get Vishwas killed but the fool turned out to be a traitor. I heard him passing our plans to someone. I had to kill him and make his death look like suicide. This is their MO. If they can spill beans on me, why should I care about them? “
The entire police station came to a stand still and the ACP silently moved in to listen to Chaudhary’s confession. Chaudhary told them about the exact location where he had buried the bodies. ACP looked at him in disgust while Gautam waited for an explanation from Vishwas. The ACP ordered, ” Get this rascal out of my sight. He has put the entire police department to shame. Because of this wretched man, we lost one of the most loyal and trustworthy employee, Constable Ram Prasad. His sacrifice won’t be in vain. Excellent work, Inspector Vishwas. Let’s issue the arrest warrants and the murderous psychopaths behind the bars.”
The other officers resumed their duties while Vishwas took Gautam to have a cup of tea. He said, ” I know you that Ram Prasad was the villain. But the poor guy had to pay with his life for helping me out. When you told me about the Asha Gupta murder case, I remembered being framed for a murder I didn’t commit. My father negotiated with the Mehtas for my acquittal and got himself jailed. He ended his life in humiliation as the prisoners were bullying him. I referred to the case file and came across DSP Chaudhary as one of the investigating officers. I was depressed and couldn’t find a way to prove his involvement. It was at that moment, Constable Ram Prasad suggested an idea that I found too dangerous and refused initially. But he said that there was no other way. Just as Chaudhary was a mole in the department working for Mehtas, Ram Prasad pretended to join the corrupt group to spy on them for me. I faked an attack with his help while he kept supplying me with important information. Unfortunately, Chaudhary heard him and killed him. I was so furious that I laid a trap for The Mehtas and Chaudhary and fortunately, they fell right into it.”
The Mehtas were arrested while trying to flee the country and sentenced to death while Chaudhary got life imprisonment. The cops recovered 25 bodies from various locations. He went to Monica’s grave and offered an apology for the delay in getting her justice. SI Gautam was now relieved to be on desk duty rather than running in search of more clues. The police department bid farewell to one of the most loyal cop and offered a monetary compensation of one lakh rupees to his widow.
Vishwas still had a job to do. He visited Kunal’s house and left behind a note.
” I caught you and I could.”
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