There were twists, turns, clues and red herrings! The Police knitted them in a pattern and the case was cracked!……….But?
‘For first three months the case was almost on the sleep mode and everything was in the mute syndrome till we brought the same into the limelight and carried forward with a series of six more and this is the sixth and could be the concluding one because the case has been sealed and the murderer (so far accused) arrested and booked under two different sections for further investigations. Anyway more on this later but first things. Mendhar Police deserves a bagful of accolades for making it two in two, I mean murders and they did not take much time though in Shariq’s case, the first 100 days were extremely disappointing all the way! Why has not been explained thus far’!
-‘Rumours and malicious gossip were like bindweed in the case of Shariq. They cannot be cut back, even with the sword of truth. We could only tell the truth, however, offer the family this comfort. Given time, they will wither and die of their own volition, I mean the killers. The same happened as the Police got extremely serious about the matter. The truth was that the little boy had been murdered and regarding this Shariq’s mother was very sure. She was almost certain who had murdered him but she was being pulled back for taking the matter to a higher crescendo. She did manage to do so and thereafter things began to splatter and crackle, but not fully.‘ The second question is who is behind all this? There is someone and he is no ordinary, because investigations are for a motive now!
-‘Though the case has been solved and the murderer (accused in a doctored language) behind the iron grill, one thing is sure that Shariq is not going to come back. For the mother it was just a moment of solace and satisfaction that at least she fought with all her might to get justice for her son. But I’m not sure it actually matters what we read. The time will keep moving on and the lives of the family members will continue along the straight lines that have been set out for them. Fiction merely allows us a glimpse of the alternative. But this was not fiction it was reality, perhaps that is the reason as to why the phrase, truth at times is stranger than fiction. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we get so involved in it?’
-‘As far as the Mendhar Police is concerned they definitely beat a good whodunit and finally found out as to who was the killer (still accused). The twists and turns, the clues and the red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to the people as to why it happened, for what it happened, where it happened, who made it happen, for whom it happened and how it happened!’ Obviously Qaim was not cutting branches for a Gulli and Danda Khel and then quit the place? (The question, for what he was there? I still question the ‘motive’ enunciation’!
‘Finally the lesson. It’s strange when you think about it. There are hundreds and hundreds of murders in books and television. It would be hard for narrative fiction to survive without them. Why is it that we have such a need for murder mystery? And what is it that attracts us? The crime, or the solution? Do we have some primal need for bloodshed because our own lives are so safe, so comfortable? I do not know what the killer would be thinking about this? He thought that he had done it perfectly but it was not so the case because three months after the incident he was to be tracked perfectly and he was! (But for whom? How must be known to investigators)
Mohammed Qasim, the brother-in-law of Shariq was the killer. This had been his plan. But if there was one thing that life perhaps never had taught him, it was the futility of making plans. Life has its own agenda and it is fate that scripts everything, we are just the actors to do the role we have to perform. For Shariq life had a pattern and in that pattern he had to enact the role of a victim as by default he landed up in a misadventure that his elder sister’s husband had planned. Similarly life had a readymade design for Qaim also, coincidence was simply the moment when that pattern became briefly visible and the coincidence was, Shariq was alone in his home and his brother-in-law was to take advantage of this. Rest we all know by now.
It was a much awaited qqmedia conference as SDPO Mendhar Z A Jafri (remember the word Zameer) was going to announce the culmination of the investigations in the Shariq murder case. He opened up by saying that the motive behind the murder is being investigated. The arrest of the main accused Mohammad Qasim (35) comes less than a week after the investigators exhumed the body of the teenager, Shariq Ahmad son of Mohammad Sadeeq of Gohlad Kalara area of Mendhar. In presence wereSHO Mendhar Manzoor Kohli and other police officials involved in the investigations. Jaffri further said that proceedings under section 174 stand closed and a case (FIR No. 337 u/ s 302 IPC) has been registered. ‘While the case has been worked out, further investigations are underway,’ he concluded. Rest in brief I will remind the readers as to what happened. On September 18 the body of the teenager, a student of tenth standard, was exhumed after 100 days for the purpose of investigations. Body of the boy, the lone brother of four sisters, was recovered from a water pund and he was later buried in the local graveyard.
About motive, well we have spoken far too much. It cannot be property and the reason for that is simple. Sadeeq was a laborer and now is on crutches and it is Rukkayia who manages the household. Shariq was her only son and the rest were daughters. They could have survived on a bit of land but that isn’t much but Gholad still is a happening place but the village Kalara is on its rim. So chances of murder for property cannot be a situation but should not be ruled out. I have a reason for that also. The pond as per the locals was dug by a police official. He too must have reasons? (Again the question, did this come up in investigations, for what?)
The second could be vengeance. We had been telling time and again that Shariq was a bright student. He was intelligent and could possibly bby default become a part of an adventure his brother-in-law set up. If the locals are to be believed then an illicit relation did exist (it can be confirmed by the Police because this is a hearsay phenomenon with Shariq’s aunt (Chachi in this case). Could be possible that Shariq had come to know about the same and was a prime witness. Could also be possible that he was about to tell the same to her elder sister or could have also. The latter has less chances for the motive but the former is definite. Yet the same has to be confirmed! (The question now is how it happened, motive is back in focus)
It was a life taken but the outcome of the same was being decided by the locals. Probably Qasim was prevailing upon them to do so. Obviously he must have paid them or would have done a favor to them. Now what favor has to be found out by the Police but one thing is certain that the Kacheri insertion into the case could not have come up just like that. The question will arise again and again as to what was the Police doing for the first three months? They would not have been sleeping for right reasons but wrong I do not know buti it is for sure but when the SDPO got into this complex matrix of 100 days everything fell apart! There are still far too many questions to be answered? (For whom obviously because the Police wasted three months? The motive stands upfront in red)
One of them is straight from our mad hat, why was Rukkayia made to run to the Police and getting blank replies? The police were getting hold of a man and releasing him after questioning him? Were they serious about the case where a life had been taken? I doubt they were? They got serious only when DC Inderjeet decided to let the body be exhumed because from the very beginning it was a Police case and it was not handled properly! (For what? Motive can be found out here itself)
We will still say that Shariq was a witness to something bad happening in the household? We have a reason for that too. A mobile phone was found in the house but as per official reports much of the matters were deleted. That only a technical expert can do but the same or a part of it can be recovered? Three months is a long time by the way for not uncovering the same, for recovering a few hours do the magicians trick. Technology is magic crafted out of human brains but when they get numbed by many technology is bad. There are many examples of the same! That was the motive part of it!
But that’s how it is when you’re a kid, isn’t it? He sees something, a stranger in the house yet very close to the family, eyeing something which the young cannot understand that something not seeing is happening and that too inside a shut door bolted from inside, gets slithering away, gets to a mobile phone and films it up but someone see’s him. The kid begins to have the dreams to relive the ugliest possible sequence (not uncommon though) but the kid has to be lucky but Shariq was not. Unless you’re lucky, that you never will amount to anything. Police are still investigating the motive even though they know the prime man! He can be bulldozed to submission because motive still matters and that is not out! A few days in Police remand will sort out everything but the men have to be good! It’s not a high profile case by the way and the Police does not waste time on smaller ones (known fact). Let us see how it works out from here!