Following the order of the CP Amitesh Kumar, the red light zone of Ganga Jamuna was closed permanently on August 11 of this year for sex work. The area has evolved into a stronghold of security with cops closely monitoring every move.
This columnist, who was chatting with cops at the point of bandoblast, could see a young man in his twenties talking anxiously to someone by cell phone as he stood on the path opposite Dargah galli. He was waving to someone in the alley and trying to cross the road into the filthy alleys.
An officer motioned for the youth to walk away. The youngster asked permission to stay there a little longer. But the cop started to stroll towards the youngster, rocking his lathi firmly.
Even as the youth asked for permission, the officer gave him a lathi blow on the leg. Unperturbed, the youngster continued to plead. This time, the cops dragged him by the collar and pushed him inside a police vehicle, asking the driver to take him to the police station.
But, the young man returned some time ago, to the great disappointment of the gendarme.
The officer began asking the youth for his name and background. This columnist could see the cop trying to make sense of the youngster and threatened to inform his parents.
The youngster broke his silence. âI really like her and I can’t live without her. It’s been almost a month and a half since we last met, âhe told the cop, leaving him almost speechless.
The cop asked him why he doesn’t marry the girl and free her from hell. The young man replied that he was finishing his studies and that he would marry her after he got a job. âI want to make money first and I have to pay her family a lot of money to save them from the flesh trade,â he said.
The cop suggested that the young man should not return until he has organized the money. âYou will be arrested and beaten by cops everyday and ruined your career,â the cop said.
“Even she loves me and looks like she too is coming out to meet me. Let us meet each other, otherwise I might end my life in Lake Gandhisagar”, said the youngster, pointing to a girl standing near the alley of the other side. âShe too seemed to almost burst into tears.
At the end of his rope, the cop decided to allow the couple to meet. Sounding emotional, he said, âTake her away. I am standing here. Let’s see who is stopping you. Don’t be afraid, if someone stops, tell them you have my permission.
“Thank you sir, thank you very much,” said the youngster before running across the road to meet the girl. Soon they disappeared into the alleys of the red light zone.
Later the cop approached this columnist and said, âBose Babu, Maine bhi jisko chaha tha woh mujhe mila nahi tha. Aaj woh yaad aa gayee yeh sab laafde se 20-25 saal baad (Bose, even I too didn’t have the girl I loved. This episode reminded me of her after 20-25 years â, a- he said with tears in his eyes.
(It’s not always about blood and blood, Soumitra Bose also tries to bring the human angle to the reporting on the crimes)