JUST REWARDS (170 words)
By Neel Anil Panicker
It was when he peered through the half slit leaves that he saw it: a battered mud spattered dusty violet apology of a car sans doors, sans glasses, shamelessly top naked, its contours crisscrossed and ripped of all paint, looking not unlike a once ravishing, nautch girl now battling the ravages of time.
Inspector Vikram knew he had been trapped.
Instead of the body all he found was a rundown getaway vehicle.
The barrel chested handcuffed young man beside him whistled.
Almost instantly, five machine gun toting young men reared up.
He knew them all, a few by face, rest by their deeds__mass murders, interstate kidnappings, blowing up military installations.
Harderned terrorists they were with crime dossiers longer than the Nile.
Inspector Vikram, battling chronic kidney failure, and a month shy of his retirement, pulled out his revolver.
He needn’t have bothered.
A volley of gun shots felled him.
As his last breaths eased out, he smiled: his family would now live in peace, thanks to the five crore Martyr’s Compensation.
©neelanilpanicker2017 # fiction # shortstory # FFfAW
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