Short Stories

Calcutta ’71 – Short Story (2 mins read)

Subhash Mitra was arrested from the streets of Calcutta around midnight and a criminal case was lodged against him. Subhash, a student of English Literature studied in Calcutta’s Prestigious Scottish Church College. Within a few months into his college life, Sibhash was deeply influenced by communist revolutionaries and got actively involved into student politics. He would often waxed eloquent about Karl Max and his ideas of forming an egalitarian society. However, after sometime, Subhash lost interest in the ‘election orientated’ Communist party operations. His own ideals now shifted gears towards a more violent form of revolution.

After getting arrested by the police and serving few days in Jail, Subhash was taken to a forlorn place by a group of policemen. They halted the car at an isolated area and asked Subhash to get down from the police jeep and run for his life. He refused fearing the worse. He pleaded for a fair trial. The police assured him that he had been granted bail and that the ‘higher management’ has released him. Subhash got down from the jeep and started walking towards the open green field ahead of him.

He looked back, the policemen were standing with their guns down. He regained some confidence and started running. He kept on running for a few more seconds till the air was smashed with a screeching gunshot.

Subhash’s body fell on the ground. A bunch of crows flew vigorously in the other direction.

Subhash was accused of heading a group of student Naxals, it was the Calcutta of the 70’s.

This is my Day 3 post for the #BlogchatterAtoZ challenge organized by Blogchatter, where one has to blog for all the 26 days in April, except Sundays, on a particular theme.

You can also read my Theme reveal post and my Day 2 post.

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