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Chapter 9 – Look Who Died

Agle din subah 10 baje main Chipku ke saath Sharafat Bar mein betha hua tha.

“Jaldi uth gaye Bhai aaj aap?” Vo mujhe dekh daant dikhata hua bola.

“God damn it. Does the entire world know that i sleep till late?” Maine dil hi dil mein socha.

“Haan aise hi aankh khul gayi” Main pehli bar ek Bar mein betha chaai pi raha tha jo pata nahi Chipku ne kaisa kahan se arrange karayi thi. Khud vo subah subah beer gatak raha tha.

“Aapka tabiat kaisa hai abhi bhai?

“Kal better tha thoda par sala Bukhar aaj phir se aa gaya” Maine chaai ka ghoonth lete hue kaha. Aaj subah meri aankh khuli toh mera bukhar phir laut aaya tha aur ek baar phir subah savere mujhe jaga diya tha.

“Doctor kya kehta hai”

“Gaya hi nahi doctor ke paas ab tak main” Maine muskurate hue kaha.

“Dikha lo Bhai. Aajkal sala kaise kaise toh bukhar chal rahe hain. Naam bhi aisa full angrezi type. Malum pade ke bukhar nahi koi imported perfume ke baat kar rele”

“Haan jaoonga. Main bhi soch raha hoon ke test vagerah kuchh kara hi loon”

“Apun ko kaise yaad kiya subah savere?”

“Kal udhar gaya tha main, Genie in a bottle” Maine bataya.

“Bole toh?”

“Arrey vo Sharafat Bhai ka doosra wala Bar, angrezi style wala”

“Achha haan. Vo sala naam apun ko kabhi samajh aayela hi nahi.”

“Kal vahan gaya tha main vo ladki ke baare mein pata karne. Tu sach bol raha tha”

“Matlab?” Uske chehre ke haav bhaav ekdam badal gaye.

“Vahan kaam karne wali ek ladki ko maine vo Saanwli ki tasveer dikhayi thi. Vo mujhse jhooth boli ke usne is ladki ko kabhi dekha nahi par chehre se saaf pata chal raha tha ke jhooth bol rahi hai”

“Phir?”

“Phir vo ladki manager ko leke aayi, meri shakal dikhayi aur bas phir mujhe vahan se uthake bahar phenka nahi un logon ne par sharafat ke saath chalta zaroor kar diya” Maine haste hue kaha.

“Utho” Vo uthkar achanak khada ho gaya.

“Kya?” Maine hairani se uski taraf dekha.

“Bolo nahi kuchh. Bas khamoshi se utho aur kalti ho lo idhar se”

Isse pehle ke main kuchh kehta, vo uthkar gate ki taraf chal pada. Maine bhi chaai ke cup se ek aakhri ghoonth khincha aur uske pichhe pichhe chal diya.

Tez kadmo se chalte ham dono bahar aaye. Chipku sidha meri car ke paas pahuncha aur mujhe ishare se kaha ke main car mein bethkar vahan se chalun.

Koi 10 min drive ke baad ham thoda door pahunche aur kone mein maine uske kehne par gaadi rok di.

“Batayega kya kar raha hai?” Maine puchha.

“Kya Adi Bhai. Apun sala aapko mast jasoos type aadmi sochela tha. Aisa bevakoofi ka kaam aap karoge socha hi nahich apun”

“Ab kya hua?” Main hairan hote hue bola.

“Apun kya bataya tha aapko? Ke udhar us chhokri ko leke kuchh toh rada hua tha jiske baad Sharafat Bhai sabko khulle mein bole the ke us chhokri ko lekar koi baat nahi karega par phir bhi aap udhar aise chaude mein jaake sabko photu bitu dikhaye?”

Uski baat mujhe samajh aa rahi thi.

“Aur uske baad apni izzat badhva kar aap aake idhar Sharafat Bhai ke doosre Bar mein beth gayele? Aisa khulle mein? Aur apne saath sala apun ko bhi bitha dala?”

Uski ye baat bhi sahi thi.

“Vo kya bolte usko, Aa saand meri maar karke typke kuchh”

“Aa bel mujhe maar” Maine uski kahwat sahi kari.

“Haan vahinch. Aisaich koi irada lag rela hai aapka mere ko”

“Tu sahi keh raha hai. Yaar ye bimari ne mere sochne samajhne ki taqat pe parda daal diya hai. Doctor ko dikha hi loon”

“Haan dikha hi lo varna apne saath apun ko bhi marvaoge aap”

“Sorry Yaar” Maine maafi maangi.

“Jaan do abhi. Vaise us chhokri ke baare mein udhar koi bolega nahi par koi hai jo shayad kuchh janta ho” Vo sochta hua bola.

“Kaun?”

“Bijli”

“Bijli?”

“Haan. Vo idhar Sharafat Bhai ke addo pe kaam karne wali zyadatar ladkiyon ko jaanti hai. Usse baat karke dekho. Shayad kuchh bata deve”

Chipku se thodi der aur baat karke maine use kuchh paise diye aur vo gaadi se nikal kar paidal hi chala gaya. Jaate jaate mujhe ye hidayat bhi de gaya ke main bhool kar bhi Sharafat Bar mein dobara na aaon, kam se kam agle ek saal tak toh nahi.

Uske jaane ke baad main gaadi start kar hi raha tha ke phone baj utha. Call Khan ki thi.

“Haan Bhai. Breaking news suni. Tera ek dushman duniya ko alvida keh gaya” Phone uthate hi Khan khush hote hue bola.

“Kaun?”

“Joshi. Gaya uper”

Pehle toh mujhe laga ke vo mazak kar raha hai.

“Subah subah isse ghatiya mazak maine life mein nahi suna” Maine uski baat ka jawab dete hue kaha.

“Pehli baat toh ye pyaare ke ye subah subah nahi hai, ghadi dekh zara. Tujh jaise late lateef ke liye ye subah ho sakti hai par baaki duniya ki bhasha mein ise dopahar ka waqt kehte hain. Doosri baat ye ke ye mazak hai nahi aur teesri baat ye ke tujhe kyun Joshi ke marne pe itna afsos ho raha hai be?”

“Tu sach bol raha hai?” Maine hairat mein puchha.

“100% percent”

“Kab? Kaise? Main toh aaj usse milne ke plan mein tha”

“Milan toh usse ab tera uper jaake hi ho sakta hai. Bathroom mein phisal kar gira, sar kisi cheez par laga aur bhaisahab gaye uper”

Ye aur mere liye doosri hairani ki baat thi.

“Bathroom mein phisal kar gira?”

“Yeah, can you believe it?”

“No i cant. Its hard to comprehend that.”

“Yep. Us jaisa aadmi jo har waqt itna mard bana phirta tha mara toh kaise. Kam se jata toh shaan ke saath” Khan hasta hua bola.

“Man what a waste. Aur tu kyun itna khush ho raha hai?”

“I never liked that Dude” Khan ne kaha “Par tu khush kyun nahi ho raha?”

“Kyunki meri usse banti nahi ye sach hai par main ye nahi chahta tha ke vo mar jaaye. isliye khush nahi ho raha”

“Abe chal. Tune toh saale meri good news ka baja hi baja dala. Maine itni khushi ke saath phone kiya tha tujhe”

“Tu saale bilkul nahi badla. Kisi ki jaan chali gayi aur tu khush ho raha hai”

“Dushman ki jaan jaaye toh khush hone wali baat hi hai dost”

“Vo kabse tera dushman ho gaya?”

“Bhai tera dushman toh tha na vo, ab jo mere bhai ka dushman, vo mera dushman” Khan bola.

Uski baat sunkar meri bhi hasi chhut gayi.

“Badla nahi saale tu. Ab Saanwli ka case kaun handle kar raha hai?”

“Pata nahi. Abhi to mara hi hai vo aaj subah. Uski jagah jo aayega vo handle karega”

“Hmm. Vo numbers ke records ka kuchh pata chala?”

“Nahi. Koshish kar raha hoon”

Khan se baat karne ke baad main thodi der vahin gaadi mein betha sochta raha. Ye sach tha ke Joshi se meri kabhi bani nahi, hamesha 36 ka aankda raha par utna hi sachi ye bhi tha ke main dil se uski kaafi izzat bhi karta tha. Vo ek imandaar policewala tha. Ye shabd aaj ke zamane mein sunne mein hi ajeeb lagta hai. Policewala aur vo bhi imandaar, koi sunkar hi hasi udaaye. Main kaafi waqt se use janta tha aur vo imandaari ka dikhawa nahi karta tha, vo sach mein aisa tha. Apne kaam ko poori lagan ke saath karta tha.

Ek pal ko mere dimag mein ye khyaal bhi aaya ke kya uski maut ka Saanwli ke case se koi lena dena ho sakta hai par phir Khan ki baat yaad aayi ke vo Bathroom mein gir kar mara tha toh maine vo khyaal apne dimag se jhatak diya.

“Seriously, what a waste” Maine dil hi dil mein socha “Ek kabhi kisi se na darne wala aadmi aur mara bhi toh bathroom mein phisal kar. Apni duty ka pakka insaan, kam se kam police ka kaam karte hue goli khakar marta toh shaheed toh kehlata”

Maine gaadi start ki aur apne office ki taraf badh gaya.

“Look what the cat dragged in” Main office mein daakhil hua toh Nisha mujhe dekhti hui boli.

“Yeah, you” Maine jawab diya aur apni jagah par jakar beth gaya.

“You look like crap. Still got fever?”

“Yeah. Anything new around here?”

“Nahi, just me. Aake sara din bethi computer par games khelti rehti hoon. Aap toh aate nahi, akeli bethi rehti hoon”

“Vo isliye sweetheart kyunki mera kaam field mein jakar dhakke khaane ka hai. Vahin se aati hai teri salary bhi”

“Yep, thats true. Vaise kuchh log aaye the aapse milne”

“Kaun?”

“I dont know. Shakal se toh gunde type lag rahe the. Andar aaye, aapke baare mein puchha, maine kaha ke aap office aaye nahi ab tak toh palte aur chale gaye”

“Naam vagerah?”

“Maine pichhe aawaz hi deti reh gayi par vo ruke hi nahi. 3 the. Ulte kadam hi darwaze se laut gaye”

“Hmmm. Thats weird”

“Yep. Aur aap ek kaam karo. Main apne fiance se puchhkar kisi achhe doctor ka naam le leti hoon. Jakar dikha aao”

“Yeah your fiance” Maine muskurate hue puchha “Kaisa chal raha hai?”

Main lagbhag ek ghante aur office mein ruka par tabiat kharab hone ki vajah se Nisha ko office mein chhod kar vaapis ghar aa gaya. Saanwli ke hostel ke watchman ko main apna number de aaya tha ke taaki use jaise hi address pata chale, vo mujhe phone karke bata de. Toh filhal mere paas leads ke naam par kuchh bhi nahi tha aur sivaay intezaar karne ke aur koi option bhi nahi tha. Ab aage ki kahani sirf isi baat par depend karti thi ke ya toh Saanwli ke phone records se kuchh pata chale, ya Maya ka address mile aur vo kuchh bataye ya phir Bijli se koi jaankari mile.

Main apne ghar pahuncha toh bahar hi thithak gaya. Mere ghar ka darwaza khula hua tha. Bahar jo tala main laga kar gaya tha, vo ab vahan nahi tha.

Dheere saawdhani ke saath maine darwaza khola toh andar 4 aadmi mere drawing room mein maujood the. 3 gunde jaise log khade hue the aur ek kale rang ka pathani suit pehne betha chaai pi raha tha.

“Aaiye aaiye Sharma ji. Bada intezaar karaya yaar aapne” Vo pathani suit wala aadmi mujhe darwaze ke paas dekh kar bola.

Main darwaza poora kholkar apne ghar ke andar daakhil hua.

“Kaun ho tum log? Mere ghar mein kaise ghuse?” Ye baat mere munh se nikalne hi wali thi ke tabhi vahan khade 3 aadmiyon mein se ek ke haath mein mujhe ek pistol dikhai di aur maine apne shabd apni zubaan par hi rok liye.

“Maaf kijiyega par yahan bethe aapka intezaar kar rahe the toh maine socha ke ek cup chaai hi bana li jaaye. Ummeed karta hoon ke aapko bura nahi laga hoga” Us pathani suit wale aadmi ne kaha.

Umar mein vo koi 50 ke kareeb hoga, rang gehuan, kad 6ft ke uper aur itna chauda ke jis kursi par mere jaise 2 aadmi fit ho sakte the, use vo akela hi poora ghere betha tha. Chhoti chhoti aankhen jinmein se daayin aankh ke neeche ek bada sa nishan aur dono kaan toote hue jo is baat ka saboot the ke vo kabhi kisi zamane mein akhade ka pehalwan raha tha. Vaise toh ye baat uski kad kaathi dekh kar hi saabit ho jaati thi, kaan toh bas aakhir mein gawahi de dete the.

In short, ek raubdaar shakhsiyat jiske saamne mujh jaise adiyal ke munh se bhi ab tak ek shabd nahi nikla tha.

“Chaai lenge?”

Usne mujhse puchha toh maine inkaar mein gardan hila di.

“Arrey le lijiye. Ye Raju ne banayi hai aur ye sala chaai bahut achhi banata hai” Usne apne ek aadmi ki taraf ishara karte hue kaha “Aur vaise bhi ye toh ghar bhi aapka hi hai, takalluf kaisa”

Apni hi baat par vo dil khol kar hasa aur uske pichhe pichhe uske aadmi bhi aise hasne lage jaise pata nahi kaun sa bada joke maar diya ho bhai ne.

“Arrey aap khade kyun hain? Bethiye na” Usne mujhe saamne rakhi ek khali kursi ki taraf ishara kiya.

Jab main apni jagah se hila tak nahi toh achanak uske chehre se hasi gayab ho gayi.

“Bethiye” Vo is baar kadak aawaz mein garja jiska nateeja ye hua ke main chup chap kisi robot ki tarah uske saamne jakar beth gaya.

“Mujhe pehchante hain aap?”

Maine phir inkaar mein gardan hila di.

“Chaliye koi baat nahi” Uske chehre par phir se muskurahat laut aayi “Main apna ta’arruf kara deta hoon. Na-cheez ko Sharafat Sheikh kehte hain”

AUr uski ye baat sunte hi jaise pal bhar mein meri aankhon ke aage sara majra saaf ho gaya.

“Aapki aankhon ki badalti taaseer ko dekh kar main is baat ka andaza laga raha hoon ke aap mujhe bhale shakal se nahi par naam se zaroor jaante hain aur ye bhi samajh gaye hain ke main yahan aapke gareeb-khaane mein kya kar raha hoon”

Mere munh se phir bhi koi bol na phoota. Aisa kabhi hua nahi tha mere saath par na jaane kyun apne saamne bethe us lambe chaude insaan ko dekh kar mujhe jaise saanp soongh gaya tha. Usne chaai khatam karke cup vaapis table par rakha aur uske lambe chaude pehalwani haath ko dekh kar mujhe sirf ye khyaal aaya ke agar isne mujhe ek thappad bhi maar diya toh mere munh mein 32 mein se ek bhi nahi bachega. Saare zameen par pade honge.

“Dekhiye Sharma Ji” Hairani ki baat thi ke vo ab tak mere saath itni tameez se pesh aa raha tha jabki us jaise aadmiyon se tameez ki ummeed karna toh ek gunaah jaisa lagta hai “Main bada suljha hua aadmi hoon aur ye mera apna zaati tajurba hai ke jab kaam pyaar mohabbat se ban jaaye toh zor zabardasti nahi karni chahiye. Main toh machchar bhi tab tak nahi maarta tab tak ke vo mujhe kaatne ki koshish na kare. Aap samajh rahe hain na ke main kya kehna chah raha hoon?”

Maine phir goonge ki tarah apni gardan haan mein hila di.

“Ab aap aur main jo baat karne wale hain vo do tarike se ho sakti hai. Ya toh ham dono aaram se bhaiyon ki tarah bethkar baat kar lein yar phir aap gunpoint par mere sawalon ke jawab den”

Kehte hue usne apni pathani suit ke kurte ke neeche haath dala aur ek badi si revolver nikal kar table par rakh di.

“Vaise Gunpoint se yaad aaya, ek maze ki baat batata hoon aapko. Tum bhi suno oye” Kehte hue usne apne aadmiyon ki taraf ishara kiya “Aap yakeen nahi maangenge par bachpan mein mujhe lagta tha ke Gunpoint ek jagah hai, koi shehar ya gaon ya phir koi gali mohalla. Par mujhe hamesha yahi lagta tha ke Gunpoint kisi asal jagah ka naam hai”

“Vo kyun Bhai?” Saath khade aadmiyon mein se ek ne puchha.

“Arrey bhai aaye din news mein sunte nahi, Tourists held at Gunpoint, Gunpoint par din dahade daketi, Ladki ka gunpoint par balatkar. Main sala sochtha tha ke agar ye Gunpoint itni khatarnaak jagah hai toh log jaate hi kyun hain vahan?”

Uski is baat par mujhe chhod kar kamre mein maujood har aadmi dil khol kar zor zor se hasa.

“Lagta hai aapko joke pasand nahi aaya Sharma ji” Vo ek baar phir mujh se mukhaatib hua “Chaliye koi baat nahi. Sabse pehle toh aapke ghar mein yun ghus aane ke liye maafi aur phir aapki cheezon se chhed chhad ke liye maafi. Par kya karun, aap bhi toh mere ghar mein yun ghus aaye the kal aur phir aise meri cheezon ke baare mein puchh taachh karne lage. Toh maine socha ke jab aap yun meri zindagi mein dakhal andaazi kar rahe hain toh hisaab toh barabar mujhe bhi karna chahiye. Kyun hain na?”

Mere munh se na haan nikla na Na.

“Vaise kaafi mash-hoor aadmi hain aap. Aap kal mere sharab-khane mein tashreef laaye, vahan ke ek cctv camera ne aapka chehra record kiya aur yakeen maaniye aapko talash karne mein zara bhi takleef nahi hui. Fauran aapko pehchan liya gaya ke arrey ye toh Aditya Sharma hai”

Mujhe kisne pehchana ye toh nahi maalum par mushkil kaam bhi nahi tha. Main ek bahut lambe arse se ye logon ko dhoondhne ka kaam kar raha tha aur nateejatan achhe bure, ameer gareeb, rasookh wale aur aam, har tarah ke logon se meri pehchan thi…

“Toh ab aate hain matlab ki baat par. Kyun dhoondh rahe hain aap us ladki ko?”

Aur phir jaise chamatkar hua. Usne sawal is andaaz mein , meri aankhon mein aankhen dalkar puchha jaise mere halak se alfaaz khinch raha ho aur meri zubaan jaise apne aap mere qaabu se bahar hokar shabd ugalne lagi.

“Case hai mere paas”

“Us ladki ka?”

“Ji haan”

“Jaante the aap usko?”

“Nahi”

“Kabhi mile the usse?”

“Nahi”

“Mere Bar kya karne pahunche the?”

“Mujhe pata chala tha ke vo vahan aapke yahan kaam karti thi?”

“Kya jaante hain us ladki ke baare mein?”

“Kuchh bhi nahi. Koshish kar raha hoon use dhoondhne ki. Sirf itna janta tha ke vo us Bar mein kaam karti thi. Isse zyada kuchh bhi nahi”

“Kitne din ho gaye use ladki ko talash karte?”

“Mushkil se hafta bhar”

Shukar tha ke usne mujhse ye nahi puchha ke mujhe case kisne diya ya mujhe uske Bar ke baare mein khabar kisne di varna us waqt jis tarah se rattu tote ki tarah main sab bak raha tha, main Saloni aur Chipku ka naam bhi use ga gakar sunata.

“Chaliye khair” Vo pichhe ko hokar kursi se tek lagata hua bola “Aapne jitni takleef ki, itni kaafi hai. Ab aap is case ko chhod denge aur us ladki ko bilkul bhi nahi dhoondhenge”

Main kisi aagyakari bachche ki taraf fauran haan mein sar hilane laga.

“Ab dekhiye na Sharma ji, aapko achha lagega ke kisi lapata ladki ke pichhe aapki mujhse dushmani ho jaaye?”

Aur mere sar apne aap Na mein hilne laga.

“Gud. Kaafi achhe aadmi hain aap. Aapse baat karke achha laga. Kisi bhi qism ki koi bhi zaroorat ho, mujhe yaad kar lijiyega. Ham bhi doston ke dost hain. Aur aap toh vaise bhi jasoos qism ke aadmi hain, logon ko dhoondhna pesha hai aapka toh mujhe dhoodhne mein koi takleef toh hogi nahi aapko. Hai na?”

Aur mera sar ek baar phir apne aap haan mein hilne laga.

Jab tak Sharafat Sheikh mere ghar par raha, hawa mein jaise ek bhaaripan sa tha. Uske bethne ka tareeka, bolne ka andaaz, body language, sab kuchh aisa tha jaise vo kamre mein maujood har cheez ka maalik ho, jaise har cheez uski ghulam ho, zinda ya murda.

Maine uska naam kaafi suna tha. Vo Punjab ka rehne wala tha aur pehle Mumbai mein kisi sharab banane ki factory mein kaam karta tha. Phir dadagiri, phir hafta-vasooli, phir loot, phir murder, phir drugs, phir jism-faroshi aur dheere dheere vo Mumbai Underworld ka ek mazboot hissa banta chala gaya. Maine suna tha ke vo kaafi daler kism ka aadmi tha aur apni dileri dikhane saabit karne ke liye hi hazaron dushman hone ke bavajood Mumbai mein khulla ghoomta tha. Ye uske rasookh ka saboot tha ke anginat cases uske naam par darj hone ke baad bhi aaj tak kisi policewale ki himmat nahi padi thi ke uske girebaan par haath daale. Aalam ye tha ke use aata dekh kar policewale kanni kaatkar nikal jaate the.

Uske jaane ke baad jaise main vaapis hosh mein aaya. Mujhe aisa laga jaise ke main ek neend se jaga hoon. Jaise mujhe ab tak hypnotize kiya hua tha aur ab mera suroor toota hai. Jab vo aur uske aadmi chale gaye toh main maare sharam ke zameen mein gad gaya.

Ye pehli baar nahi tha ke main us qism ke insaan ke saamne betha tha. Maine zindagi mein koi pehli baar gun nahi dekhi thi balki mere paas meri apni ek licensed revolver bhi thi. Us jaise logon se mera rozana ka wasta tha par main kabhi kisi se daba nahi, kabhi kisi ki suni nahi. Par use yun samne dekh kar jaane kya hua tha ke main ek chhota sa bachcha ban gaya tha jo vahi kar raha tha jo uske bade use keh rahe the, vahi bata raha tha jo ke usse puchha ja raha tha.

Usne mujhe kaha tha ke main Saanwli ke case se haath khinch loon par mera aisa karne ka koi irada nahi tha. Balki ab toh mere paas ise continue karne ki ek zaati vajah bhi ho gayi thi. Vo ye ke is case ko lekar vo mujhe dhamkaya gaya tha. Ek baar main phir bachcha ban raha tha par is baar aisa bachcha jo vahi karta hai jis kaam ke liye use mana kiya jata hai.

Main thodi der vahin chair par apna sar pakde betha raha. Mujhe apne aap par bharosa nahi ho raha tha ke koi mujhe yun mere ghar mein ghus kar hool de gaya aur main chup chap sun gaya. Jab sharmindagi ka ehsaas kuchh kam hua toh maine apna phone uthaya aur Khan ka number dial kiya.

“Lambi umar hai teri, abhi tujhe hi yaad kar raha tha” Phone uthate hi mere bolne se pehle Khan bola.

“Kya hua?”

“Yaad hai vo ladki ki laash jo ham dekhne gaye the? Jo samundar kinare mili thi?”

“Haan”

“Tera andaza sahi nikla. Ye vo ladki nahi hai jise tu dhoondh raha hai”

“Kaise pata?”

“Us laash ki pehchan ho gayi hai. Koi 2 mahine pehle kidnap hui thi. Kisi businessman ki beti thi.”

Agle din subah ek baar phir meri aankh Saloni ke phone se khuli.

“Kuchh information toh mili hai but i am not sure ke kitni valid hai. Filhal pata lagane ki koshish kar raha hoon” Usne puchha toh maine jawab diya.

“Kya pata chala?”

“Aapki behen jahan kaam karti thi us jagah ke baare mein” Maine bataya.

“Kahan kaam karti thi?”

“Ek jagah waitress ka kaam karti thi vo”

“Waitress? Kisi restaurant mein?” Uski aawaz mein hairat saaf jhalak rahi thi.

“Nahi actually ek bar mein”

“Bar mein?” Is baar hairani kuchh zyada thi. “Thats not possible”

“Matlab?”

“Meri behen sharab peeti hi nahi thi”

“Saloni ji vo sharab nahi peeti thi iska matlab ye nahi ke vahan waitress ka kaam nahi kar sakti thi” Maine kaha.

“I am sorry. I am just a little surprised. Vo yahan ham sabki marzi ke khilaff gayi thi ke kuchh bada karegi, career banayegi aur jakar bani ek waitress?”

Is sawal ka mere paas koi jawab nahi tha.

Uske phone rakhne ke baad main apna din ka agenda sochne laga. Mujhe is waqt bhi bukhar tha aur ab kamzori ka aalam ye tha ke mujhe subah subah khade hote hue bhi chakkar aa rahe the. Haar maan kar maine us din ke apne agenda mein sabse pehle ek Doctor ke paas jana add kiya.

Hostel ke watchman ke paas se ab tak koi phone nahi aaya tha. Main use apna number toh de aaya tha ke kuchh pata chale toh mujhe phone kare par usse uska number lena bhool gaya tha. Din mein uske paas jaane ka koi matlab nahi tha kyunki vo shaam 5 baje apni duty khatam hone se pehle baat karne wala nahi tha.

Khan ke paas se bhi ab tak koi call records ke baare mein kuchh information nahi mili thi toh kul mila kar mere paas ek hi lead bachti thi, Bijli.

Aur uska naam dhyaan aate hi mujhe kal apni Sharafat ke saath hui mulaqat yaad aa gayi. Subah se hi uthne ke baad ek baar bhi mera dhyaan us taraf nahi gaya tha, mujhe yaad hi nahi aaya tha ke meri mulaqat kal Sharafat Bhai se hui thi.

“Ab aap us ladki ko nahi dhoondhenge”

Sharafat ki ye baat yaad aate hi dimag mein jaise hazaron sawal uthne lage. Vo ek bahut pahuncha hua gunda tha, ek achha khasa drugs aur prostitution ka racket chalata tha, usko ladkiyon ki koi kami nahi thi. Phir ek mamuli aam si dikhne wali ladki ke pichhe kyun itna bada bawal ke vo mujhe dhamki dene aa pahuncha tha ke main use talash na karun.

Maine phone utha kar Chipku ko milaya.

“Kaise ho Adi Bhai?” Call connect hone par uski aawaz aayi.

“Theek hoon. Tera kal wala andaza theek nikla” Maine jawab diya.

“Kaun sa andaza?”

“Sharafat Bhai wala”

“Bole toh?”

“Bole toh ye ke main parso vo ladki ko dhoondhne gaya tha na udhar Bar mein”

“Haan”

“Haan toh kal Sharafat Bhai mujhe dhoondhta mere ghar aa pahuncha”

“Kya baat kar rahe ho. Phir?”

“Phir mujhe dhamki deke gaya ke main uski jagahon par soonghna band karun”

“Bas?”

“Ab aur kya ek goli mujhe tohfe mein maarke jata?”

“Hona toh yahi chahiye tha Adi Bhai. Bahut kismet wale ho ke sirf dhamki mili. Vaise ek baat batao, Sharafat Bhai khud aayele the?”

“Haan. Kyun?”

“Us ladki ka koi na koi toh bada raada raha hoyenga jo ki Bhai khud pahunch gayele udhar aapki kholi par. Socho Adi Bhai, ek mamuli chhokri ke pichhe kaahe ku Bhai itni takleef lenge ke aapko private mein jakar hool dein? Khali 2 aadmi bhi toh bhej sakte the aapka game bajane ko”

“Baat toh teri sahi hai”

“Aap apun ke baare mein toh kuchh nahi bole na?”

“Nahi chinta mat kar. Vaise sun, teri vo Bijli koi phone vone rakhti hai kya? Tere paas hai number?”

“Kaahe ku?”

“Arrey baat karunga usse jaake”

“Aap abhi bhi us ladki ko dhundoge?”

“Haan”

“Adi Bhai aag se khel rahe ho. Agli bar Sharafat bhai dhamki nahi kuchh aur hi deke jaayenge”

“Yeah i know. Tu vo chhod, mere sawal ka jawab de”

“Nahi mere ko nahi pata uske baare mein. Phone rakhti hoyengi toh mere paas number nahi. Janta nahi main use”

Yaani ab sirf ek hi option tha. Mujhe Sharafat Bar jakar hi use dhoondhna padega.

“Adi Bhai, zara sambhal kar” Phone par Chipku ki aawaz aayi.

Doctor ke saath mulaqat chhoti hi rahi, usne ek baar haath pakda, ek baar munh mein jhanka, ek baar meri aankhon mein jhanka aur ek kagaz par 56 alag alag tarah ke tests likh kar de diye.

“Road ke end par hi ek lab hai. Aap vahan ye test kara sakte hain”

Main uski batayi lab par gaya, blood sample aur urine sample diya aur mujhe shaam 4 baje ke baad aakar reports lene ke liye keh diya gaya. Vahan se nikal kar main sidha Sharafar Bar pahuncha.

Bar ke bahar main koi aadhe ghante apni gaadi mein hi betha raha. Vajah 2 thi. Pehli toh ye ke Sharafat Bhai se mili dhamki ke baad phir Bar mein jana khatarnaak saabit ho sakta tha. Ye mumkin tha ke mujhe vahin andar hi utha kar sidha Sharafat ke huzoor mein pesh kar diya jata ya phir koi mujhe vahan dekh leta aur vo ek baar phir mere gareeb-khane par aa khada hota.

Doosri ye ke main ummeed kar raha tha ke shayad mujhe Bar ke bahar hi Bijli kahin dikhai de jaaye. Par pareshani ye thi ke mujhe pata hi nahi tha ke vo vahan kis waqt aati thi.

Aadhe ghante intezaar karne ke baad maine Bar ke andar jaane ka faisla kiya. Car ke dashboard se maine apni revolver nikali, shirt ke neeche apni pent mein phasayi aur ek baar chaaro taraf saavdhani bhari nazar daalkar andar daakhil ho gaya.

Andar sab kuchh vaisa hi tha jaisa ke main kayi barson se dekh raha tha. Log bethe sharab pi rahe the, Ladkiyan serve kar rahi thi par dance floor par koi ladki nahi thi. Ye programme shayad shaam ko hi hota tha.

Main ek table par jakar beth gaya. 2 min baad hi ek ladki mera order lene ke liye aa gayi.

“Ek beer la dena” Maine kaha.

“Khane ko kuchh?” Usne puchha toh maine inkaar mein gardan hila di.

“Suno?” Order lekar vo palat hi rahi thi ke maine use pichhe se pukara “Mujhe Bijli se milna hai”

Shayad us jaisi jagah par ye ajeeb baat nahi thi ke koi aadmi kisi ladki ke baare mein puchh raha hai. Vahan toh shayad ye roz-marra ki baat hoti hogi.

“Shaam ko aati hai vo”

“Uska koi phone number vagerah?”

Mere is sawal par us ladki ne ajeeb nazar se mujhe dekha.

“Mera ek kaam karogi please?” Maine apni jeb se ek pen paper nikala aur apna phone number likh kar us ladki ko diya. Yun toh meri jeb mein mera visiting card bhi tha par vo dena khatarnaak ho sakta tha “Bijli ko ye number de dena mera aur kehna ke mujhe phone kar le. Bolna ke Aditya Sharma aaya tha”

“Kaahe ko karegi main aisa” Us ladki ne paper mere haath se liya hi nahi aur khadi mujhe dekhti rahi.

“Kyunki ismein tumhara bhi fayda hai” Maine apni jeb se ek 500 ka note nikal kar uski taraf badhaya.

“Theek hai. Beer leke aati hai main”

“Nahi rehne do” Main chair se uth khada hua “Bas ye number Bijli ko de dena please”

Main apni car mein aakar betha hi tha ke phone baj utha. Call ek unknown number se thi.

“Bijli bol rahi hoon” Phone uthane par doosri taraf se aawaz aayi.

“Wow” Maine dil hi dil mein socha. “Kaafi jaldi dikhayi us Bar wali ladki ne”

“Aaj mujhe kaise yaad kiya?”

“Kaam hai tumse kuchh” Maine kaha.

“Achha?” Usne hairat se puchha “Mahan Aditya Sharma ko mujh jaisi ladki se kya kaam ho sakta hai? Jis tarah ka kaam main soch rahi hoon kahin vo toh nahi”

“Bilkul nahi” Main janta tha ke vo kis taraf ishara kar rahi hai “Kuchh aur kaam hai”

“Sach mein? Vaise ek baat bataoon. Jo raat tumne mere saath bitayi thi us raat tum nashe mein the isliye kuchh yaad nahi. Agar yaad hota kuchh toh ma kasam, har raat Bijli ke pehlu mein hi bitate”

“Ab kaam ki baat kar lein kuchh?” Maine uski baat ko ansuna karte hue kaha.

“Tum bhi kamal karte ho. Main pyaar mohabbat ki baat kar rahi hoon aur tum kaam ki baat. Tum mard hote hi aise ho”

“Kaam ki baat” Maine uski baat ka mazak udaate hue kaha “Jahan tak mujhe yaad padta hai, ye pyaar mohabbat bhi toh tumhare liye ek kaam hi hai. Iske hi toh paise leti ho tum”

“Kyun, tumse kitne liye the maine?”

Usne kaha toh mujhe yaad aaya ke us raat usne mujhse koi keemat nahi li thi. Mere purse mein jitne paise raat ko the, subah bhi utne hi the. Ek paisa kam nahi tha.

“Vaise kabhi kabhi toh mujhe tumhara mamla gadbad lagta hai” Vo phir usi baat ko aage badhate hue boli “Ulti toh nahi chalti na tumhari cycle? Meethe ho kya?”

Main janta tha ke uska ishara kis taraf tha. Ek baar phir maine uski baat ansuni kar di.

“Mil sakti ho? Kuchh baat karni thi tumse”

“Tere liye toh jaan haazir hai meri jaan, tum bas ishara karo ke kahan deni hai”

“Kahan mil sakti ho?”

“Apne ghar ka address boli. Main pahunch jaoongi”

“Nahi” Maine fauran jawab diya “Ek restaurant ka naam batata hoon vo likho. Aaj raat ko dinner yahin saath mein karte hain”

“Kyun, main ghar aaoongi toh bura lagega?”

Maine uski baat ka koi jawab nahi diya aur Restaurant ka naam aur address bolne lag gaya.

“Theek hai. Kitne baje milna hai?”

“Raat 8 baje theek hai?”

“Pahunch jaoongi” Bijli ne jawab diya

Bijli se baat karne ke baad maine pehle socha ke ghar jakar aaram karun par phir khyaal aaya ke thodi der baad mujhe jakar apni medical reports collect karni thi. Irada badal kar main ghar jaane ke bajaay apne office ki taraf chal pada.

“Aaiye meharbaan, bethiye saaheban” Mere office mein daakhil hote hi Nisha mujhe dekh kar gaane lagi.

“Is gaane ke aage ki lines pata hai na?” Main apni seat par jakar beth-ta hua bola “Shauq se lijiye ji, ishq ke imhtehaan”

“Haan toh le lejiye. Aapke har imtehaan ke liye bandi haazir hai” Vo apni jagah se uthkar meri desk ke saamne wali chair par aa bethi.

“And what would your fiance think of that? Agar main tere ishq ke imtehaan lene betha toh?”

“Aap hukum kijiye sir, aapke uper aise hazaar fiance qurbaan” Vo bade hi naatkiye ada ke saath boli.

“Oh really?” Maine bhi usi ke andaaz mein puchha.

“Aur nahi toh kya sir. Vo toh aapne ishara nahi kiya varna is fiance ka number toh aana hi nahi tha. Main toh bas vahan apni kursi par bethi aapka intezaar karti rahi par aapke karam ki nazar kabhi hamari taraf uthi hi nahi” Vo filmi style mein maathe par apna haath rakhte hue boli.

“Kya chahiye?” Main sidha matlab ki baat par aaya “Chhutti leni hai?”

“Dekha” Vo table par haath maarte hue boli “I rest my case. Main ishq mohabbat ki baat kar rahi hoon aur aap kaam ki. Isi liye toh meri aur aapki kahani adhuri reh gayi”

“Kab chahiye chhutti?” Main uski baat ko nazar andaaz karta hua bola “Assuming ke tu ye drama queen chhutti maangne ke liye hi bani hui hai”

“Kal” Vo bhi sidhi hokar bethte hue boli.

“Theek hai” Maine ek cigarette jalate hue kaha “Toh aise hi maang leti. Ye ishq ki maari Laila kyun bani hui thi”

“Arrey subah se bethi bore ho rahi thi. Aap aaye toh socha ke thoda hasi mazak ho jaaye par aap ho ke sidha kaam ki hi baat karte ho. Isi liye single ho aap”

“Kya matlab?”

“Matlab ke main ishq pyaar mohabbat ki baat kar rahi hoon aur aap kaise khadus ki tarah ignore kar rahe the. Isi liye koi ladki nahi phasti aapse”

“Ladki toh mujhse vaise hi koi nahi phasti, khadus or no khadus”

“Vaise sochne wali baat hai ye. Dikhne mein achhe bhale ho, kaafi adventurous sa work profile hai phir bhi single, aisa kyun?”

“Pata nahi yaar”

“Koi nazar mein ho toh batao, main baat chalati hoon” Vo aankh maarte hue boli.

“Nahi koi nahi hai yaar. Meri life mein ladki ke naam par bas ek tu hi hai aur tu shaadi karne wali hai” Maine bhi palat kar aankh maari.

“Aapne der kar di na, pehle ishara kar dete. Vaise abhi bhi zyada der nahi hui hai, ab bhi chaho toh main saath chalne ko taiyyar hoon”

“Aur tera mangetar?”

“Kaha na, aap par aise hazaar qurbaan”

“Phir shuru ho gayi? Chhutti ke liye haan bol diya maine, remember? Vaise kya plan hai kal ka?”

“Mangetar sahab lunch par kahin le jana chahte hain” Usne bataya “Vaise mere alawa bhi ek aur ladki hai filhal aapki life mein”

“Kaun?”

“Saloni”

“Shut up”

“Why?”

“She is a client”

“A client which is kind of hot. Shakat soorat ok types hai par baaki ka saman kaafi achha hai”

“Would you shut up?” Maine haste hue kaha “Main single hi theek hoon filhal”

“Kab tak. Shaadi kar lo. Umar ho rahi hai. Aise single bethe rahe toh kuchh time baad shaadi ke liye ladki milne wali hi nahi koi” Vo uthkar vaapis apni jagah par chali gayi.

Uski kahi baat ne jaise mere dimag mein tubelight jalane ka kaam kiya.

“Ek kaam kar” Maine sochte hue kaha.

“Baat chalaoon Saloni se?” Vo fauran palat kar phir meri desk par aa gayi.

“Nahi. Marriage beuro mein jo hamara contact tha, kya naam tha uska …. haan Ismail, vo ab bhi hai right?”

“Haan”

“Contact kar use. Usko bol ke Saanwli Mitra ke naam se zara check kare”

“You think she was married?”

“Could be. Vo apna saman kahin shift kar rahi thi and hamne ye assume kar liya tha ke vo kisi ladki ke saath live in relationship mein thi. Ye bhi toh ho sakta hai ke kuchh shaadi vaadi ka chakkar ho” Maine kaha.

“Ek shaadi jiske baare mein uske gharwalo tak ko nahi pata?”

“Hey i know its a long shot. Probably a false trail but worth trying, right? Check karne mein kya jata hai”

“Yeah i gues you are right. I will call him”

Nisha uthkar vaapis apni jagah par gayi hi thi ke mere phone ki ghanti baji. Call Khan ki thi.

“Tu aaj kal mujhe bada phone karne laga hai” Maine phone utha kar kaha “Pehle hafte mein kabhi ek baar phone karta tha aur aaj kal din mein 2-3 baar ghanti baja deta hai”

“Yeah i know” Doosri taraf se uski aawaz aayi “Kuchh na kuchh aisa hota rehta hai ke teri ghanti khadkani padti hai”

“Ab kya hua?”

“Guess kar ke Joshi ke baad uski jagah kaun aa raha hai”

“Kaun?”

“Main”

“Tu?”

“Haan. Mera transfer uske police station mein kar diya gaya hai. Uske baad ab main vahan ka charge le raha hoon”

“Matlab ab …..”

“Exactly” Usne meri baat poori kar di “Matlab ab Saanwli ka case officially mere paas hai”

“Nahi main vo nahi keh raha tha. Khair, par ye hua kaise?” Maine puchha

“I dunno. Mujhe abhi call aayi ke kal se mujhe Joshi ki jagah charge lena hai. Apparently Joshi Sahab ki desk par kaafi cases jama ho gaye the jinhen suljhane ke liye unhen kisi qabil officer ki zaroorat thi” Khan bola.

“And poore police department mein qabil officer ke naam par unhen ek tu hi mila bas?”

“Hey” Khan ne bura maanne ke andaaz mein kaha “Main kaam karta nahi iska matlab ye nahi ke main kaam kar nahi sakta’

“And ab tera irada kaam karne ka hai?”

“Haan. Joshi ke jama kiye cases ko main saaf karunga. Mera naam ooncha hoga aur Joshi ka neecha”

“You do know he is dead, right? Ek mare hue aadmi ka naam kharab karega?”

“Haan toh kya hua. Jab vo zinda tha toh vo mera aur tera naam kharab karne par tula hua tha. Main uske marne ke baad uska naam kharab karunga”

“Pagal hai tu saale. Achha vo numbers ke call records ka pata chala kuchh?”

“Nahi abhi toh nahi. Kuchh pata chalte hi phone karta hoon”

Joshi ki maut ka mujhe dil se afsos tha par uske baad ab Khan ke case ka charge lene se main ek sukoon ki saans bhi li. Joshi mere case ki investigation mein bahut badi rukavat tha aur main dil mein ye dua bhi kar raha tha ke ab jo koi bhi aaye, vo had darje ka kaamchor ho jise na Saanwli se matlab ho aur na uske gayab hone se. Vo bas chupchap thaane mein bethe aur mujhe apna kaam karne de.

Khan ke aane se mujhe munh maangi murad toh mili hi, saath hi Saanwli ke case ko jaise chaho investigate karo ka green signal bhi mil gaya tha.

Shaam ke waqt maine Lab se apni reports uthayi aur Doctor se milne pahuncha. Reports mein Typhoid ke symptons nikle. Doctor ne mujhe sakht salah di ke main kuchh din tak ghar par aaram karun, bahar ka na khaoon, apne aapko zyada exert na karun vagerah vagerah. Saath hi saath usne mujhe bahut saari hari peeli goliyan thama di. Clinic se nikal kar main sidha Saanwli ke hostel pahuncha.

Ek baar main paidal hostel ke saamne se guzra, guard ko aankh se ishara kiya aur shaam 5 baje ke thodi der baad hi vo mere saath meri gaadi mein betha baat kar raha tha.

“Aapko aaj phone karne hi wala tha, achha hua aap milne hi aa gaye” Vo jeb se ek paper nikalta hua bola.

“Kuchh mila?”

“Haan” Kehte hue usne mujhe vo paper ka tukda thama diya.

Paper par ek address likha hua tha. Maine padha toh vo Ahemdabad ka nikla.

“Ye kya laya hai yaar. Galat address le aaya tu. Mujhe toh pata chala tha ke vo Pune mein kahin rehti hai”

“Ham bahut dhoondhe saahib par kya kariyega, vo Maya ke naam par ektho yahi pata mila”

“Kahan mila ye?”

“Jab idhar par koi ladki rehne ke liye aati hai toh paper formalities vagerah thoda karna padta hai, matlab form vagerah bharna type. Usi par ye address tha”

“Kahan ka address hai kuchh aur likha tha form pe”

“Haan. Ahemdabad ka”

“Arrey vo toh mujhe bhi dikh raha hai. Matlab Ahemdabad mein kaun sa address hai ye, vo vahan se aayi thi, uske kisi rishtedaar ka …..”

“Unka asli ghar ka address hai” Vo meri baat beech mein kaat-te hue bola “Permanent address wali jagah par likha hua tha ye address. Aur vo Maya madam vahin Ahemdabad se thi ye hamko bhi malum hai”

“Ab uske ghar ke address ka kya karun? Barat lekar jaoon ya …..” Main achanak bolta bolta ruk gaya. Dimag ki tubelight ek baar phir jali “Kaam ho gaya. Thanks yaar. Chal jaayega isse kaam”

Maine uske kandha thapthapaya toh vo badi ummeed bhari nazron se meri taraf dekhne laga. Un nazron ka matlab main bakhubi samajhta tha. Jeb se ek 100 ka note nikal kar maine uski taraf badha diya.

Vaapis apne ghar pahunchte pahunchte mujhe shaam ke 7 baj gaye. Bijli se milne maine 8 baje jana tha yaani ab bhi ek ghante ka waqt tha. Maine Nisha ko phone milaya.

“Ghar pahunch gayi?”

“Kya baat hai, meri itni fikar? Ab main theek thaak pahunch gayi ya nahi is baat ka bhi pata kiya ja raha hai? Haaye, kahan tha ye Aditya Sharma aaj se 1 mahina pehle”

“Phir shuru ho gayi tu? Subah subah bhaang laga kar ghar se nikli thi kya jo ab tak asar hai?”

“Arrey sir nasha bhaang ka nahi aapke pyaar ka hai”

Mujhe kuchh samajh nahi aa raha tha ke subah se uske sar par ye kaun sa naya bhoot sawar ho gaya tha.

“Ab teri nautanki khatam ho gayi ho toh kaam ki baat kar lein kuchh?”

“Haan haan karo kaam ki baat Kaamdev. Kya hua?”

“Vo Maya ka address mil gaya” Maine bataya.”

“Pune wala?”

“Nahi Ahemdabad ka address hai”

“Par vo shaadi karne Pune nahi gayi thi?”

“Haan shayad par ye uska original address hai jo ke even better hai. Ab tujhe ek kaam karna hai”

“Uske ghar par phone karke kuchh bahana bana kar uska Pune wala address lena hai”

“Exactly. Smart hoti ja rahi hai tu”

“Theek hai. Number forward karo. Main karti hoon phone”

“Ye ek doosri problem hai. Sirf address hai, phone number nahi hai”

“Very nice. Koi nahi, aap address forward karo mujhe. Main directory vagerah kahin check karke number nikalti hoon”……

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