Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Fraud concluding part

read  part 1   part 2   part 3

It was finally time for lunch and Anu had grown tired of calling him repeatedly. She hurriedly walked towards Ravi’s desk. It was empty. She was sure she had seen him a couple of minutes ago. Maybe he was using the washroom. She waited. 15 minutes and still no sign of him. She checked his counter for Mr. Mehta’s cheque. There was none. She asked his neighbor, Sharad if he had seen Ravi go out.
“Ravi hasn’t come today. I haven’t seen him all day.” Sharad replied.
‘What nonsense’, she thought,’ I have been seeing him all morning. How could Sharad have not seen him?’
She asked a few more people if they had seen Ravi. Same answer. She felt weak. Was she hallucinating when she saw Ravi? If Ravi was absent from work, whom had she given the cheque to for verification? She walked back to her desk in a daze.
She decided to delete the entry for 12 lakhs so that there would be no questions at the end of the day about the unverified cheque entry. To her disbelief there was no such entry! It couldn’t be, she was sure she had made that entry herself. She tried calling Ravi again.

No reply.

She desperately wanted the cheque back, should it reach wrong hands. No luck. It was almost closing time and the crowd at the branch began to thin out. She wrapped up her work and darted out of the branch.

 Then she called Ravi again . Thankfully he picked up the phone this time.
“Where have you been Ravi? I have been calling you all day”, she screamed without waiting for him to speak.
“Hello, who is this?” the voice at the other end asked.
A female voice. Who could it be?
“This is Anu,” she continued,” can I speak to Ravi? Where is he?”
“He has gone to the airport to book tickets to Dubai. I am his fiancée Poornima.”
She disconnected the phone reeling under the impact of what she had just heard.  Who was this girl claiming to be his fiancée? Ravi had never mentioned Poornima at any time before. Why was he running off to Dubai like this? As if on impulse, she hired an auto and went to AM bank and checked the joint account she held with Ravi there. After withdrawing the money from the fake Sanghamitra account, they had been depositing it all with this other bank.
“Can I know the balance in this account?”she asked.
There is no money in this account madam” the guy behind the counter replied.
What? Who drew the money? Where did the money go?”, she asked in disbelief.
“Madam, the transfer is to Mr. Ravi’s account in The Ram bank. The transfer happened today morning.”
Then it dawned on her.
Cheat. How dare he do this to her? So that is why he was absent from work. He had planned to run away with all their money? She sat on a bench nearby and sobbed uncontrollably. He had not just cheated her financially but also played with her emotions. He had promised her of undying love. She couldn’t believe he had planned to run away with that girl Poornima. It was all her plan, her ideas, and he would reap the fruits of her labour! She wept for a long time not knowing what to do. She had loved him more than her life and he had decided to dump her so unceremoniously?
Then she got up, determined to teach him a lesson. She walked to the nearest police station and spilled the beans on the fraud they had committed together. If she was left in the lurch, she would ensure that he paid for his deceit too. She wept softly pitying herself when Ravi stormed into the police station handcuffed and trying to break free.
“How could you do this Anu?” he barked.
Now it was her turn to unleash her fury. Look at the nerve of this guy to ask her such things. What did he think he was?
Oh yea, Mr. Ravi, I should have kept quiet, isn’t it? So that you could have decamped with all our money and with that girl Poornima, whoever she is? You creep, serves you right for trying to cheat me.”
“What? Who Poornima? I don’t know any Poornima.”
“Stop it, you brute, she picked up your phone when I called. She told me you guys were getting married and flying to Dubai. You swiped our joint account clean and transferred all the money to your account. You cheat. I hate you. Rot in hell Ravi.”
“No wait. My mobile was lost yesterday evening. I learnt that Sheenu had all proof of our misdoings and also had obtained the account number at the AM bank. So I hurriedly transferred all the money to the other account I had at The Ram bank. And trust me there’s no Poornima.”

Just then Sheenu walked in taking both Anu and Ravi by surprise. She was accompanied by the branch manager and the cluster head. The Anti- fraud team from head office had also accompanied them.   
“Anu, Ravi’s right. There’s no Poornima, only Sheenu, who stole Ravi’s phone yesterday. I knew I had you guys by your cuff, but you could still get out scott free as your crime could never be proved. So the only way out was to get you to confess. Sorry, but your game’s up guys.”


  1. Very gripping once again, loved the uncanny end.

    Keep writing, waiting for your next piece.

    Cheers :)

  2. Hey...nice one...I'm so bad at reading...but I read this one - all the 4 episodes...till the last one...good...!!!

  3. Last part was really unexpected.. I was following this story and thought that Ravi would be the one cheating and making away with the money :D
    Been a lazy one to comment even though I was done with the story sometime back ;P
    The first 3 parts were really very clever and in the end i was expecting an even more clever twist but yeah it went to paranormal which took me by surprise..

  4. Maithili: Thanks for stopping by... Yea i did think of that ending, but it would be the expected one isn't it?

  5. Nothing to say about the writing, it's top rate...gripping, narrative flawless, kept me on the edge - but the story and especially the end, tho' unexpected - didn't quite cut for me. Why? The comment box here isn't big enuff :( for me to state the reason. Maybe some day if u mail me I'll tell u. But let me tell u this , it had all the makings of a stupendous thriller. I think even u know the reason why i said 'had'. Take care, princess.

  6. Sirjee: i have reposted...i.e my original draft..

    I had actually thought it was too predictable so I went with the unusual ending, but people who read the original have also pointed out that it was better than the ghost ending.. so I have gone ahead and changed it to the older version. hope its better now.

  7. Superb.. Little Princess! This was Fantabulous Piece of Crime Story.. Seems like U had done enough research too, Loved it till the End, Dil Mange More !

  8. Anonymous: Thanks for liking it! Just trying my hand at writing crime, hope I keep doing better.

    Lilac: Thanks !

  9. And wow.. that was a great ending. Your climax lived up to the other parts. And lovely twist at the end. A very important and difficult thing to do in writing a multi part story is to keep the audience in a grip. But you did it exceptionally well. Awesome story. :)

  10. U R No More Little Princess...
    U R The Queen Of Trillers,
    Katharnak Story !

  11. Anonymous: Whoa! that's a huge title to live up to!

  12. Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts( really interesting blog). Would be great if you could visit also mine...Thanks for sharing! Keep up the fantastic work!

  13. I came late but was able to read the full episodes- amazing!!! Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat!

  14. A small little something for you..

  15. Anjuli: Thank u!! that was a huge compliment!

    Rohu: wow!! thanks for the award.. I'll display it on my site soon!!

  16. Good tale! Very well narrated and a nice twist at the end!

    1. thank you sir for taking time out and reading the whole really meant a lot to me!


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