THIS DOG BITES
By Neel Anil Panicker
‘It’s a miracle she’s alive. They almost broke open her skull. I know it’s police work. But still don’t trouble her much.’
Inspector Vincent Pala of Kozhikode Rural Police Station nodded his head as Dr John Abraham walked out of the third floor ICU room of Mary’s Hospital.
As the door closed behind him, the senior cop turned around and walked towards the hospital bed.
He knew he didn’t have much time.
He gingerly flicked open a pocket notebook and pen in hand, directed his gaze at the septuagenarian.
“Mrs. Sebastian, I know this is a very wrong time. But I hope you understand it’s a crime we’re dealing with here. I will ask you some questions. Blink your eyes once if it’s a yes; twice, if it’s a no? Hope you understand?”
The elderly lady blinked her eyes once.
“Mrs Sebastian, at the time of the attack you were at your house alongwith your paralytic husband, your eldest son Vinny, his wife Inglieas and their four-year-old child Esther, right?”
She blinked, once.
“Do you know who killed them?”
She blinked, once more.
Inspector Vincent bolted upright.
“Ok, who’s it?”
Inspector Vincent wondered how he would interrogate a family dog accused of murder.
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