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Chapter 5 – HOSTEL

Main Saanwli ki talash mein 3 kadam utha chuka tha aur ab waqt chauthe aur sabse zyada zaroori pehlu par nazar daalne ka aur vo thi uski apni niji zindagi.

Jaisa ki Saloni ne mujhe bataya tha, Saanwli ek working women’s hostel mein rehti thi. Vo ek sada si 2 manzila imarat thi jise bahar se dekh kar hi ye andaza ho jata tha ke ye kabhi kisi ka ghar rahi hogi jise phir baad mein badal kar ek paying guest type hostel ka roop de diya gaya.

Bahar gate par watchman se baat karne ke baad main kuchh der baad hi us hostel ki maalik Kamlaben ke kamre mein betha hua tha.

Vo ek had se zyada moti aurat thi. Uske naam aur Jism par bandhi hui saree ke style ko dekh kar main andaza laga chuka tha ke vo Gujarati thi. Umar koi 50-60 ke beech, aankho par bada sa chashma, sar mein zaroorat se zyada laga tel, jism par zaroorat se zyada gehne, aur gaalon par halki laali.

Kul mila kar bachchon ko darane ka full package.

“Dekho Mr. tum jo koi bhi hai” Vo naak sikodti meri taraf anguli utha kar boli “Ham idhar ye ladkiyon ko apni bachchiyon ki tarah rakhta hai. Inka izzat hamera apna izzat, samjha. Tamere ko aisa kyun laga ke tum idhar ko aayinga aur ham tumko aise hi kisi bhi ladki ka information yun hi de dega?”

Naam aur pehnava to uska Gujrati par jab vo boli toh mujhe samajh hi nahi aaya ke vo Goa se thi ya Sindhi thi?

“Dekhiye main ek agency chalata hoon aur gumshuda logon ko dhoondhna mera kaam hai. Khud Saanwli ki behen mere paas aayi thi. Unka sign kiya hua ye letter bhi mere paas hai ….” Maine jeb mein haath dala hi tha ke vo mota kaddu phir bola.

“Hoyinga koi letter tamere paas, apne ko parwah nahi samjha. Abhi tum jaldi utho aur phooto idhar se” Usne apne daayen haath se xxxxxki bajayi.

“Aap chahen toh main aapki baat kara sakta hoon Saloni se”

“Tum kya koi policewala hai jo aisa sawal karta hai?”

“Nahi policewala toh nahi hoon magar aap chahen toh policewale ko bhi saath la sakta hoon”

“Haan toh leke aao pan abhi utho idhar se. Hamko kaam hai bahut”

Uske baad usne meri ek nahi suni aur mujhe hostel se bahar nikal kar hi dam liya. Mera shayad din hi kharab tha ke bahar nikalte hi doosri museebat aan padi.

“Tu yahan kya kar raha hai?” Bahar police ki jeep khadi thi. Main gate se bahar nikal raha tha aur Joshi hostel ke gate ke andar aa raha tha.

“Kuchh khaas nahi” Maine taalne ke andaaz mein jawab diya.

“Toh yahan kya kar raha hai?”

“Yun hi dekhne aaya tha ke yahan ke charges vagerah kya hain”

“Kyun tu yahan shift ho raha hai?”

“Nahi tere liye dekhne aaya tha. Tu yahan rehta zyada achha lagega, nahi?”

Meri baat sunkar vo achanak meri aur badha par phir ruk gaya.

“Bahut hua mazak, ab dhyaan se sun. Saanwli ke case se bahar reh. Mujhe apne cases mein koi aur taang adata hua achha nahi lagta”
Kehkar vo hostel ke andar daakhil ho gaya.

Inspector Diwakar Joshi. Vo ek aisa policewala tha jinki nasl ab hamare desh mein vilupt hoti ja rahi thi. Pehli baat toh ye ke aise policewale ab banne band hi ho gaye the aur jo bache the vo dheere dheere khatam hote ja rahe the. Yaani ke ek imandar policewala.

Vo apne kaam ko bahut seriously leta tha aur har kaam imandari se karta tha. Aur yahi vajah thi ke uske aas paas ka har insaan usse pareshan rehta tha. Vaise bhi aaj ke zamane mein jahan duniya ka aadha kaam be-imani se hota ho, vahan imandaar aadmi sirf doosron ke liye sardardi hi ban sakta hai aur aisa hi kuchh mamla Joshi ke saath bhi tha. Dharam Karam mein uska poora yakeen tha aur roz police station mein kadam rakhne se pehle vo Mandir ka chakkar laga kar aata tha. Aur to aur, chhutti wale din Mandir mein pujari ban kar puja path tak karata tha. Pagal tha sala.

Dikhne mein bhi vo policewala kam ek Doctor zyada lagta tha. Sehat ka bahut khyaal rakhta tha, saaf safai par bahut dhyaan deta tha aur hamesha achhe kapde pehenta tha.

Yaani ke ek ideal citizen.

Us mote kaddu jaisi aurat ne mujhe koi bhi kaam ki information nahi di thi. Main apni gaadi mein bethne hi laga tha ke mere dil mein khyaal aaya ke shayad hostel ki koi ladki mujhe kuchh information de de. Main ek pal ke liye ruk kar ghar ki taraf dekhne laga aur tab meri nazar gate ke paas khade us buddhe watchman par padi jo bahut hi shakki nazar se mujhe dekh raha tha. Use ek nazar dekh kar hi main samajh gaya ke mujhe kya karna tha.

Jeb se maine 500 ke 2 note nikal kar hawa mein lehraye. Usne ek pal ke liye idhar udhar dekha aur jhapat kar meri taraf aaya.

“Shaam 5 baje, vo us paan ki dukaan par” Kehte hue usne mujhe gali ke aakhir mein bani ek paan ki dukaan ki taraf ishara kiya aur jitni tezi se vo mere paas aaya tha utni hi tezi se 500 ke note mere haath se khinch kar vaapis apni jagah par ja khada hua.
Hostel se hokar main vaapis office pahuncha toh vahan Khan mera intezaar kar raha tha.

“Tu yahan kya kar raha hai?” Maine use dekh kar puchha.

“Bhajiya tal raha hoon, khayega?” Usne jawab diya.

“Haan par chatni sirf hari wali dena, laal wali mujhe pasand nahi” Maine bhi usi ke andaaz mein jawab diya.

“Haan of course, teekha hi pasand hai tujhe toh tabhi itna teekha bol bhi leta hai”

“Matlab?” Maine apni chair par beth kar cigarette ka packet nikala par jab Khan ne mujhe ghoor kar dekha toh maine vaapis rakhd diya.

“Idhar se guzar raha tha toh socha tujhse milta chalun. Joshi se mila tha tu aaj?” Usne sawal kiya.

“Bada tagda network hai tera, abhi ghanta bhar bhi nahi hua aur tujh tak khabar bhi pahunch gayi” Maine hairan hote hue dekha.

“Usi ka phone aaya tha mere paas”

“Achha? Kya keh raha tha?”

“Keh raha tha mujhse ke main apne paaltu kutte ko uske case se bahar rakhun” Usne kaha.

“Kutta bhi hai tere paas?” Maine haste hue puchha.

“Mazak mat uda Aditya. Tu achhi tarah janta hai ke vo kaafi khatarnaak aadmi hai. Ye jo usne sharafat ka choga pehen rakha hai na, iski vajah se kaafi uper tak pahunch hai uski”

“Haan toh?” Main dono kohniyan table par rakh kar aage ko hota hua bola “Kehna kya chah raha hai?”

“Sirf ye kehna chah raha hoon ke thoda dhyaan se chal. Aur main toh kahunga ke case chhod hi de, koi doosra pakad le”

“Case chhod doon? Rozi roti pe kyun laat maar raha hai yaar. Aisa toh kuchh bhi nahi hua abhi”

“Hone se pehle hi baat maan le. Tu Joshi ko janta nahi. Na vo tujhe pasand karta hai aur na mujhe aur agar tu uske raaste mein aaya toh tujhe lapente ke liye usse jo ban padega karega”

“Dekh” Maine aage badhkar uska haath pakda “I appreciate your concern. Bhai hai tu mera aur main teri baat sun bhi raha hoon. Main sambhal kar rahunga. Filhal mujhe aisa koi andesha lag nahi raha par phir bhi agar aage baat bigadti hui nazar aayi, to jo tu kahega main vahi karunga. Happy now?”

Usne bhi haan mein sar hilaya.

“Tu sirf ye batane aaya tha mujhe?”

“Nahi aaya toh isliye tha ke yahin paas mein kuchh kaam se aaya tha. Ittefaq ki baat thi ke jab is taraf aa raha tha, tab hi Joshi ka phone aa gaya.

“Hmmm. Khayega kuchh?” Maine sawal kiya.

“Nah” Usne inkaar kiya “Abhi khaake hi aaya tha”

“Vo ladki ke baare mein kuchh pata chala?” Maine Saanwli ke baare mein puchha.

“Dekh bhai jahan jahan tune dekhne ko kaha tha maine dekha par kuchh nahi mila”

“Nothing at all?”

“Nahi. Maine traffic accidents ke records check kiye. Sadak haadso mein koi aisi maut nahi hui jiski shinakht na hui ho. Koi aisi laash filhal morgue mein nahi padi jiski pehchan na ki gayi ho. Municipality walo ne ek laash jalayi zaroor thi par vo Saanwli ki ho nahi sakti.

“Matlab?”

“Matlab ke ek buddhi aurat ki laash mili thi kuchh din pehle, koi nahi janta tha ke kaun thi na koi pucchhne aaya aur na records mein koi complaint mili. Kuchh din intezaar karke Municipality walon ke jala diya”

“Hmmm … that was a dead end”

“Tu ajeeb hai vaise” Usne haste hue mujhse kaha “Koi khota hai toh log pehle ye pata karte hain ke vo aakhri baar kahan tha, kiske saath tha, kisne dekha tha use, kahan rehta tha, kya karta tha vagerah vagerah you know taaki kuchh pata lage. Tu sidha hi use laashon ki list mein dhoondh raha hai”

“Apna apna kaam karne ka tarika hai yaar” Maine kaha “Jahan tune dekha vo bhi ek aisi jagah thi ke jahan mujhe us ladki ka naam mil sakta tha par mila nahi. Toh shuru mein hi maine ye option apni list se nikaal diya. Mil jaati toh mujhe dhakke hi na khane padte. Ab at least case ke shur mein hi main ye janta hoon ke vo kisi sadak durghatna mein nahi mari aur na hi uski laash kahin lawaris batake jalayi gayi”

Khan ke jaane ke baad main kaafi der tak betha sochta raha. Jaane kyun mujhe kaafi ummeed si thi ke uske paas se mujhe koi na ko matlab ki information zaroor milegi. Aisa lagne ki mere paas ek bhi thos vajah nahi thi par ye gut feeling ya sixth sense keh lijiye, meri ummeed kaafi zyada thi jo ki ab nakaam nikli.

“Chal kahin bahar khane chalte hain yaar” Maine ghadi ki taraf dekhte hue Nisha se kaha. Dopahar ka waqt ho gaya tha.

“Aur ye jo ghar se laayi hoon?” Usne apne tiffin box ki taraf ishara kiya.

“Ise raat ko ghar par hi kha lena. Ab chal, main khila raha hoon. Its on me”

Ham dono uthe hi the ke office ka darwaza khula aur Saloni andar daakhil hui.

“Arrey Saloni Ji aap yahan?” Maine use dekhte hue puchha.

“Haan aise hi socha ke aapse mil loon” Vo andar aati hui boli.

“Haan andar aaiye na. Ye meri assistant hai Nisha. Nisha ye Saloni hain, hamari nayi client” Maine dono ke introduce karaya. Nisha apna bag vaapis table par rakh kar apni jagah ja bethi. Maine Saloni ko apni table ke doosri taraf rakhi kursi par bethne ka ishara kiya.

“Vo aapka koi phone vagerah nahi aaya so i wasnt sure ke aapko koi information mili ya nahi. Maine pehle socha ke aapko phone karun par phir milne hi aa gayi”

“Bahut achha kiya. Vaise main aaj shaam ko aapko phone karne hi wala tha”

“Did you find anything yet?” Usne aas bhari nazron se meri taraf dekhte hue puchha.

“Nahi abhi tak toh nahi par koshish kar raha hoon. Aapki behen ek mahine se lapata hai aur abhi toh filhal maine haath paon maarne hi shuru kiye hain”

“Oh” Uske chehre par ab tak jo ummeed thi vo mayusi mein badal gayi.

“Main asal mein aapse kuchh puchhna bhi chahta tha. Main aapki behen ke hostel gaya tha par vahan insaan ke roop mein bethi us bhains ne mujhe kuchh bataya hi nahi. Ulta mujhe dhakke dekar nikalne par aamada ho gayi. Toh jab aap vahan gayi thi toh kya aapko apni behen ke baare mein koi information mili?”

Meri baat sunkar uske hontho par muskurahat aa gayi.

“Jab main gayi thi toh tab bhi usne mujhse kaafi rudely baat ki thi. Maine apni behen ke baare mein puchha toh kehne lagi ke use kisi se koi lena dena nahi hai and she doesnt know ke kaun si ladki kab aati hai kab jaati hai. Said that she doesnt interfere in somebody’s personnal life. Uske shabdon mein kahun toh jab tak mujhe use har mahine ki pehli tareekh ko rent mil raha tha, use na toh kisi mein koi interest tha aur na kisi se koi problem”

“Now thats strange. Mujhe usne ye keh kar tarka diya ke hostel ki har ladki uski apni bachchi ki tarah hai aur vo sabka bahut khyaal rakhti hai”

“And she still refused to talk to you even though one of the girls has been missing for 1 month now?” Is baar pichhe se Nisha boli.

“I know” Maine uski taraf dekhte hue kaha “Its kinda weird and ironic at the same time”

Kuchh der ke liye kamre mein khamoshi chha gayi.

“Aap Mumbai mein kisi ke yahan reh rahi hain ya hotel mein?” Maine Saloni se puchha.

“Ek hotel mein ruki hui thi. Main asal mein kal shaam ko vaaapis ja rahi hoon” Usne bataya.

“Saharanpur?”

“Ji haan. Meri bhi job hai, Mummy Daddy akele hain isliye zyada din yahan rukna afford nahi kar sakti”

“Hmmmm” Maine samajhte hue kaha “Toh ye vajah thi?”

“Ji?” Usne na samajhte hue kaha.

“Is vajah se aapne mujhe hire kiya tha kyunki aap na toh yahan ki hain aur na yahan zyada din tak ruk kar apni behen ki talash kar sakti hain. Na aapko police par itna bharosa hai. So you needed someone jo yahan reh kar aapki behen ko dhoondh sake. Jo extra koshish aap karna chahti hai use anjaam de sake”

“You are right” Usne haan mein sar hilaya.

“Fair enough”

“Abhi hostel ja rahi hoon apni behen ka saman uthane ke liye. Uska vahan ka kiraya due hue ek hafte se zyada ho gaya hai aur vo moti keh rahi thi ke agar maine kiraya nahi diya toh uska saman utha kar bahar phenk degi. Toh ek hafte ke jitne paise bante hai vo dekar saman saath le jaoongi”

“Ek kaam kariye, aaj nahi kal jaiyega aur main aapke saath chalunga. Aur shayad aapki behen ke saman se kuchh main rakhna chahun jo mujhe uski talash mein madad kar sake”

“Yeah sure, but why tomorrow?”

“Kyunki main abhi vahin se hi aa raha hoon aur kuchh aur kaam bhi hai mujhe” Maine kaha.

“Ok toh main yahan aaoon subah kal?”

“Nahi aap mujhe takreeban 10 baje hostel ke paas hi mil jaaiyega” Maine kaha.

Vo uthkar ja hi rahi thi ke achanak ruk gayi.

“Ek zaroori baat aur batani thi”

“Ji kahiye”

“Ek kisi Inspector Joshi ka phone aaya tha mere paas. Meri behen ki gumshudgi ke baare mein baat karna chah raha tha. Mujhe police station bulaya hai”

“Aapki behen ka case usi ke paas hai” Maine use bataya “Kab ja rahi hain usse milne?”

“Aaj shaam ko hi”

“2 baaton ka dhyaan rakhiyega. Ek toh galti se bhi ye mat batana ke aap mujhe janti hain ya aapne mujhe hire kiya hua hai.”

“Vo toh acutally main vaise bhi nahi batane wali thi. Ab uske saamne ye toh nahi keh sakti na ke mujhe uspe bharosa nahi isliye kisi aur ko bhi hire kiya. Par aap aisa kyun keh rahe hain?” Usne sawaliya nazar se meri taraf dekha.

“Mera aur uska kaafi purana pyaar hai” Maine haste hue kaha.

“Dont worry, i wont say anything”

“Aur doosri baat, apni behen ka saman aap kal hostel lene ja rahi hain, ye bhi mat kehna”

“All right” Vo samajhti hui boli.

Vo chali gayi toh main Nisha ki taraf palta.

“Ek kaam karte hain, lunch bahar kabhi aur kha lenge. Aaj tera ghar ke khane ka dibba hi kholte hain”Shaam theek 5 baje main hostel ke paas bani paan ki dukaan par khada cigarette ke kash laga raha tha. Kuchh der baad hi vo chowkidaar sada kapdo mein aata hua dikhai diya. Maine use aata dekh cigarette bujha di aur uski taraf chala par vo mere kareeb se aise guzar gaya jaise pehchanta hi na ho.

Ek pal ke liye to mujhe samajh hi nahi aaya ke kya hua par phir agle hi pal dimag ki batti jali aur main palat kar uske pichhe pichhe chal diya. Vo chalta hua gali se bahar main road par aa gaya jahan meri car bhi khadi hui thi. Car ke paas aakar vo ruk gaya.

“Andar beth kar baat karte hain. Aisa khade mein kisi ne mujhe aapse baat karte dekh liya toh museebat ho jaayega” Main uske pichha chalta car tak aaya toh vo mujse bola.

Maine car ka darwaza khola aur ham dono hi front seats par aa bethe.

“Kaun ladki ka information chahiye?” Meri taraf dekh vo bola. Bolne ke andaz se hi main samajh gaya ke vo Bihar ka rehne wala tha.

“Vo sab baad mein, pehle ye batao ke kisi ne tumhein mujhse baat karte dekha toh museebat kyun ho jaayegi?”

“Abhi aap pehle ya akele toh nahi hain na jo ladki logan ke baare mein puchh rahe hain. Aaye din koi na koi aa jata hai ke vo kaun ladki hai, vo kaisi ladki hai. Ham pehle batai dete the, phir ek do baar pakde gaye. Final warning mila hai hamein ke ab kisi ladki ka information bahar diye toh naukri se jaayenge” Vo ek saans mein bola.

“Hmmmm” Maine Saloni ki tasveer nikali “Is ladki ke baare mein malum karna hai, Saloni Mitra”

Tasveer dekhte hi uske chehre ke bhaav badalte chale gaye. Usne kuchh bolne ke liye munh khola hi tha ke phir fauran band kar liya.

“Iska toh zyada lagega saahib” Vo bargain karne par aa gaya.

“Aur aisa kyun?”

Jawab nahi aaya.

“Zyada kyun lagega?” Maine phir puchha par vo meri shakal aise dekhta raha jaise main faarsi mein bol raha hoon jo uske palle nahi pad rahi.
Maine samajhte hue ek 100 ka note aur nikala.

“Ab kya hai na sahib” Usne 100 ka note liya aur jeb mein daal liye “Itna bhola toh hamko bhi mat samajhiyega na aap. Ye ladki ke zaroor koi toh bada lafda hai. Subah isko puchhte hue pehle aap aaye, phir ek policewala aur ab shaam ko phir se aap.”

Main janta tha ke vo Joshi ke baare mein baat kar raha hai.

“Kya bata sakte ho iske baare mein?”

Vo phir chup chap meri shakal dekhne laga. Maine ek 100 ka note aur nikala.

“Ye ladki ko dekhte hi ham samajh gaye the na ke ye sasuri bahut lafdabaazi wali ladki hai. Always hamko ise dekh kar lagta tha ke ye uper se jitni thi, andar se usse 100 guna zyada thi”

“Matlab? Thoda detail mein batao”

Par vo phir chup ho gaya. Maine jeb se is baar 500 ka note nikala.

“Ye aakhri hai, ab chup chap rattu tuote ki tarah gana shuru kar do varna jitna diya hai sab vaapis le loonga aur tumhari complaint kar doonga. Maal se bhi jaoge aur naukri se bhi”

Meri dhamki kaam kar gayi.

“Koi saal bhar pehle ye yahan rehne ko aayi thi. Ek dam sidhi saadi, dekhne se hi lagta tha ke koi gaon ya chhote shehar ki hai. Hamko toh laga ke hamre Bihar ki hi hai. Hamne baat karne ka bhi koshish kiya par ye kisi se baat karti hi nahi thi. Pehle kaafi din naukri ke chakkar mein yahan vahan ghoomti rehti thi aur phir kahin shayad kaam mil bhi gaya tha ise. 2-3 mahine tak toh sab aisan theek hi raha.

“Phir?”

“Phir kya, phir chidiya ke par nikalne lag gaye. Shakal soorat aur rangat se koi khaas nahi thi par sab saman chaukas raha inka. Toh phir dheere dheere se kapde bhi aise ho gaye ke saman aur nikhar ke bahar ko aaye. Salwar kameez se jeans aur phir jeans se oo chhote chhote lehenge pe aa gayi”

Short skirts. Mumbai jaise shehar mein ye koi badi baat nahi thi.

“Toh isse tumhein laga ke ye lafde baaz hai?”

“Arrey nahi. Vo aadhe kate hue lehenge toh ihaan sab pehenti hain par iska chakkar kachhu aur hi raha”

“Kya?”

“Ek din ham ka dekhte hain ke raat ke waqt ek police ki gaadi isko chhodke gayi”

“Police ki gaadi?”

“Ji haan. Ab aap hi sochiye, jis ladki ko uske ghar par raat ko police ki gaadi chhodke jaaye, vo kaisan rahi hogi”

“Hmmmm” Main gaur se uski baat sun raha tha “Phir?

“Phir ye ek silsila hi ho gaya. Aksar ise log gaadiyon mein chhod kar jaate the aur beech beech mein ek aadh baar aur police ki gaadi ise chhodke gayi. Ab jahan tak hamari soch jaati hai, police ki gaadiyon mein toh vahi ladkiyan milti hain jo kahin raid mein pakdi gayi hon”

“Phir?”

“Phir yahi silsila raha. Pehle toh roz raat ko aa jaati thi par phir kabhi kabhi raat bhar nahi aati thi. Kabhi kabhi 2-3 din tak gayab rehti thi”

“Gaadiyon mein kaun log hote the?”

“Ab ye toh common sense ki hi baat hai saahib ke kaun aate honge. Ham toh vahi bata rahe hain jo hamne dekha” Usne daant dikhate hue kaha.

“Hmm”

“Phir koi ek mahine se ye yahan dikhayi nahi di hai. Hamein laga ke chhod kar chali gayi hogi par phir jab aaj aap aur police puchhte hue aayi tab ham samjhe ke lafda kuchh aur hi hai”

“Yahan hostel mein rehne wali ladkiyon mein koi iske kareebi?”

“Haan ek thi, Maya. Ye dono ek hi kamre mein rehte the. Par vo koi 3 mahina pehle chhodke chali gayi. Ham suna rahe ke kahin Pune mein shaadi kar li thi usne. Uske baad se ye akeli hi rehti thi”

“Aur koi ladki?”

“Aur kisi se toh ye sidhe munh baat hi nahi karti thi”..

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