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SHOOTOUT AT TIHAR (episode 33 of ongoing novella “A DANGEROUS AFFAIR”)
By Neel Anil Panicker
It took all of sixty seconds for the languid throng of office workers and the motley crowd of litigants and the ubiquitous entourage that had gathered in and around the sprawling Tiz Hazari Court Complex to realise to their utter horror that the gun shots that punctured the afternoon peace and reverberated all around the afternoon skies were not one of those dry runs that security forces indulge in every now and then to test their battle preparedness, but an actual gang war.
Inspector Sharma was the first to react and, whipping out his service revolver he ducked under the side doors of his police jeep parked out of view near Gate No. 4 even as he barked into the police walkie talkie: ‘Shootout in second floor, take positions’.
Just as the last syllabic sound escaped his lips, a bullet grazed past his shoulders shattering to smithereens the windshield of the blue coloured ‘Prisoners Van’ that was stationed diameterically opposite to where he lay crouched behind the rear tyres.
Sharma’s first instinct was to rush towards the van and rescue the 17 prisoners who had been brought from Tihar Jail earlier in the day for their respective court hearings.
It was at that moment that he heard the rat tat tat of machine gun fire and instinctively knew that that the action had moved towards his left, the western periphery of the eight acre complex.
The realization brought a chill to his bones and for a moment he lay there immobile as his mind fought with the damning reality: Dread mafia don Afzal Bhai was orchestrating this attack and the target was his one time acolyte turned sworn enemy Ali who was now in the Court Lockup awaiting his turn before the honourable judge.
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To read previous episodes click on the links below:
PART EIGHT https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/neelwritescatsoutofthebagpart8ofdangerouslovefiction08082017/
PART TEN https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/neelwritesalonelyvigilparttenofadangerouslovefiction35812082017/
PART 27: https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/neelwritesbiggamehuntingpart27ofadangerouslovenovellafictionthreelinetales28102017/