INTO THE PAST WITH PAIN.. 314
Dr K Prabhakar Rao
(Gandhi, Patel and Nehru are at Abids street in Hyderabad. They are doing window shopping. They try to cross over the road. Suddenly some police men pounce on them and they are dragged to the foot path)
Gandhi. Eee…eee… who are you guys? Is the way you behave? Have you seen us? Do you know our age?
Constable.Look old man. Yeah..Yeah..Do you wanna get killed.
Patel. Brother. Constableji, We are in India. What is this yeah..yeah.. and wanna.. Are you in USA?
Constable. Yeah, Wow. You are questioning me. Look man. Now am police sergent. We are no more old Andhra Pradesh police. We are now on the style of USA. Understand, yeah.. Behave. Yeah..Okhe..Okhe.
Gandhi. ( Hold s his head )What is this trouble in Hyderabad? Where have the earlier police men of Hyderabad have gone.
Patel Bapu, Few days ago I read in local news paper that KCR the CM of Telangana wanted a new police set up. He wants the police on New York style. Some local constables were sent to a training school and were trained in yankee style. I think APPA( Andhra Pradesh Police Academy) has some Yankee instructors.
Gandhi. Oh ! This is the new experiment of KCR.
Nehru. It is not an experiment. It is going to be permanent.
Sergeant. ( Looking at Patel) You guys appears to be a good guy. You know things, Do not cross road as you feel like. At the junction you have a button at a pole. You have to press a button and within few seconds you will be given pass and traffic will be halted
Gandhi. It is OK in USA where people are disciplined. Here in India every guy is a hero. They will zoom on vehicles even after red lights glow.
Sergent. Such people will be caught by us
Patel. You can not.The bike heroes are nuisance in India. Auto guys are the next.These autos are accurse in Hyderabad. They will not listen, do not follow rules, drivae as they like. Suddenly take full turn. What can you do sergent… Oh I should not address you as constable.
Pate. Sergent, you have a pistol in your holster. Does it work
Sergeant. Why such doubt. This is a real pistol, It is colt make. I can use when I am inneed.
Gandhi. Hope you will not kill us
Sergeant. We shoot in self defense.
Patel. All encounters in India are claimed to be in self defense’. The tragedy is that some victims had bullet holes in back… Some bullet holes prove that they fired at point blank range…God save this nation.
Sergeant. I can not answer all these questions.
Gandhi. In USA ,police does more of traffic control and less of troubling people. In India police concentrate on Challans and fine collection from travelers and innocents. There are also allegations that challan ( Fine document) books are fake mostly. There is no traffic control.
Patel. Will Americanizing police will improve situation?
Sergeant. Hope so. We have to start some where. KCR the CM has a brain wave. He started this .
Gandhi. Can we go now sergeant?.
Sergeant. You may go. Better be careful next time. Now you have to pay 100 dollars.
Patel. Why in dollars?
Sergeant. We are Americanized police.
Patel. We do not deal in dollars in India. We have Rupee system.
Sergeant. I do not know that. You have to come to the station.
Gandhi. OK. We will come. We have no dollars. We have no rupees.
Sergeant. Do you have Identity card.
Gandhi. We have at home. We do not carry always.
Patel. I have mine. Look at this. OK. This time I am excusing you, You pay in rupees only.
Gandhi. We can not pay Rs 5000 equal to 100 dollars
. This is purely a loot mar.Are you police or something else. Is Telangana made for these things?
Sergeant. You can not escape .This is law of Telangana.
Gandhi. Will you give receipt?
Sergeant. I can not give,
Patel. So you will pocket it.
Sergeant. That is none of your business.
Gandhi. We shall not pay any thing. Do whatever feel like
Sergeant. So you are acting funny. I shall call police patrol.
(Suddenly at crossing a fast moving car hits a motorcycle and great chaos takes place.Sergeant runs to the place.)
Gandhi. Good. Let us run. The joker has gone away. He will try to make more money there.
Patel. Haaa..haaa.True. Let us vanish,
The trio vanishes from the place