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By Mahendra Jakhar

The stunning and brutal homicide of a tender American lady rips aside the peace of the traditional urban of Benares. She is located to be a learn scientist operating with the Vatican Observatory, one of many oldest astronomical learn associations on the earth. Hawa Singh, a senior inspector from Delhi crime department on a trip to Benares, will get embroiled within the case. He reveals that the murdered girl have been studying the Bhrigu-Samhita, an astrological vintage courting again to pre-Vedic occasions, believed to be misplaced. The FBI sends in Ruby Malik, a Pakistani-American to enquire the homicide. quickly, extra our bodies are came across with strange connections to either the Bhrigu-Samhita and Christian orthodoxy. The Vatican looks undertaking a clandestine operation, looking the secrets and techniques of Hindu astrology within the urban such a lot sacred to it.Secrets that the Vatican might kill to understand. Hawa Singh, hardened through many gunfights, and with a bullet already lodged close to his mind in a prior stumble upon, groups up with Ruby Malik to solve the secret. not anything is similar from now on. The temple bells fade within the perpetual iciness fog. there's blood at the streets of Benares, which turns into a battleground the place religion and technological know-how collide. The worlds of astronomy and astrology come .Hawa Singh and Ruby seek the opium dens, and the domain names of Naga sadhus, Aghoris and Doms within the cremation grounds, hunt a cannibal lurking within the maze that's Benares, and conflict with the figurehead king of town, Kashi Naresh Maharaj Abhay Narayan Singh. The killer may be somebody. simply Hawa Singh and his attractive co-runner at the chase, Ruby Malik, own the mindset—and the indomitable courage—to locate the assassin on the middle of this secret. And within the procedure, locate themselves.

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Sure, sir,’ agreed Hawa Singh. ‘I want to usher in Suryadev Singh and Abhay Narayan Singh for interrogation. ’ ‘Are you loopy? have you ever fairly misplaced your head? you must usher in the king of Kashi and the nation minister for wondering? there'll be riots in Benares,’ retorted the SSP. Hawa Singh attempted to maintain his calm. ‘On our stopover at to Suryadev Singh’s bungalow, we stumbled on human components preserved in jars in a cabinet there. ’ The SSP checked out him with burning eyes. ‘You name stopover at? You sneaked in—and for that i'll have misplaced my activity! ’ Ruby broke in. ‘We observed human heads, sawed-off arms, hands and a center. we have to convey that middle to check if it fits with any of the 2 sufferers. ’ ‘Everyone in Benares is familiar with in regards to the physique components B. P Singh accrued. The wondering can't be carried out,’ shouted the SSP. ‘So, we simply take a seat the following and do not anything? these are my suspects. The tunnel that i discovered opens onto the other financial institution of the Ganges, just about Ramnagar citadel. And after we met up with the Kashi Naresh, we observed he retains his complete physique covered—even his palms! ’ The SSP checked out Hawa Singh and Ruby with astonishment, ‘You went to question the Kashi Naresh? ’ ‘It was once a pleasant assembly. ’ ‘But we all know that the Kashi Naresh rarely meets someone, and doesn’t pop out in public. you can't element arms at him simply because a tunnel opens with reference to his citadel. It’s an old tunnel that any one can have stumbled on and used. Don’t create any further difficulties for me! ’ By this time the newshounds sitting out within the chilly had turn into stressed. They have been pushing their manner in in the direction of the SSP’s workplace and had begun shouting slogans opposed to the SSP and the Benares Police. The SSP was once pressured to name them in. there has been the standard around of questions, and half-baked solutions. one of many newshounds pointed at Singh, asserting, ‘You have this officer from the Delhi crime department who was answerable for the dying of his complete crew, and in addition that of a reporter. He might be faraway from this situation. ’ This introduced out a hidden rage in Hawa Singh. ‘What the hell have you ever men performed in lifestyles, except conjuring up lies and fabricating truths? i've got a bullet here in my head. what number of you will have even received a pen-prick on your hand, omit the top or the center? ’ He obtained up and walked out. The newshounds insisted Hawa Singh say sorry for his behaviour. they might by no means stand such highhandedness from the police. they usually have been going to put up that the police had failed of their task to trap the killer and have been now instructing the click what to do. The SSP despatched ACP Shishir Jha after Hawa Singh. ‘Sir, please, the newshounds are becoming indignant. simply make an apology to them as soon as, and this subject may be over,’ pleaded Shishir Jha. ‘I won't ever say sorry to those vultures. they're right here for blood they usually bought it,’ acknowledged Hawa Singh, as he walked away. The SSP himself apologized on Hawa Singh’s behalf, asserting, ‘There are occasions whilst he loses his head as a result bullet lodged inside of it.

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