Life series: Payment for honesty
Well.. let me introduce myself to you all.. I am Anand working as Inspector of police in one of the western districts of Tamil Nadu. I love to be a cop true to the tag of my department ‘Police is a friend of you’. No.. I won’t lend bikes to you all.. after all it has to be used only for official purposes. I am a honest cop once, trying to swim against the tide. Anyway I didn’t realized it at that time. The fresh thoughts inside me made me to think about a clean society which I dreamt off, do my job with passion and most importantly setting an example for my junior collegues. And I stuck to that and never taken any kind of bribe provided. So it’s only natural that I looked like a odd man out of the bunch. I never felt about that. Because getting salary is the money I have to get as a part of my job and not the bribes from some thugs. So everything went well until I took that case. A life-taker, a mind changer and for the corrupted man I am being now.
That is a case on the shops which are being run by their owners on the platforms as it gives very less space for the pedestrians to walk on that. And also corporation has built lane of shops for them and can be taken on lease but slightly inside from the market. So they hestitated to go there and happy to give bribes, as they were illegal and happy to stay there. But as this has become more and more unacceptable, I asked them move to the building given by the corporation to them. But they hesitated due to the reason stated above. So I arrested some of teh important persons who were behind all these but due to the money and muscle power they had, they came out of the jail very soon and everything I have tried to re-locate those shops to that building has failed.
Few days after that, one day I started to my home from the station and I am accompanied by the constable, who was working with me. I felt that he was so nervous on that day but didn’t asked him or known about that at that time. After he left to his home, I was on my bike to my home through street devoid of any street lights. Suddenly some big stones came out from somewhere and hit me on various parts of my body. So I get down from my bike to get a glimpse of whats happening. Let me tell that, I am 6’5″ tall and have a well built body. But when you are attacked by a group of 9-10 emmbers with arms it really hard to stop them. And those guys just started to hit me the way wanted and after 15 minutes I am on the ground with no hopes on chances of living. A rod has went through my spine so I couldn’t stand. I don’t know what happened then, I have been admitted to the hospital wth several injuries and it took more than 3 months for me to recover completely.
Then I decided it’s waste of time to think about people and being noble to the profession I am working. I have 2 children to look after and it didn’t seemed to be a sensible thing to be honest. To the top of all, my circle inspector has said that I must give Rs.2 lakhs from area. Where can I go?? If I went oppose him, there is no guarantee to my life. So I started to get bribes satisfying myself and my higher officials. I have got a home now and living happily…. So that’s it friends…
Friends, this is a real life story I have heard from a friend and made some changes in it… Anyway the core part is right… This is an uninspiring story but a true one. Truth never fails… but to make it triumph you have to fail… honesty pays… but now the question is how??
PS: I have thought to write such true stories happening in life which may be funny, inspiring and uninspiring like this. Hope you will like it 🙂