It was a bright sunny day, little Noor was playing in her house while her mom was getting ready to leave for the temple which was quite far from their house. Mrs. Farha, Noor’s mother, worked as a housewife, her husband passed away when Noor was 4. Since then Farha has been working as a housewife, despite giving interviews at many places, could not get her a job. They could afford only rupees 1,500 per week as income.
“Noor, I have left Khichdi and dal for you on the table, Do finish it up if you feel hungry until I return home”
“Mamma? I want to go outside right now, my friend Fatima is calling me on the landline, maybe you could leave the keys with me? In case I Return home early by the time you are home?”
“Okay, Only if you promise me You would keep contact with me through Fatima’s Landline. That way I can make sure you are safe. Ok?”
“Yes Mother. I will not fail you”
Saying this, Farha checked the watch hanging on their wall, “Oh! Its time for me to leave, the temple will be closed in 2 hours and it’s a long drive from here. Bye Noor! Be safe! And make sure to contact me”
“Yes yes mother!” Smiled Noor.
Noor’s Mother set out for the temple, leaving the keys with Noor. Noor was busy tying her shoe laces, as soon as it was done, “Hmm all the way up to 7th floor now” She set off, but unfortunately, she left the keys on the shoe rack. When she reached Fatima, her childhood friends house “Oh Hi Noor! Where is aunty? Have you come alone?” asked Fatima “Yes, I have come alone, but no worries as we are in the same apartment, now lets go to your room and Play!” “Yes Noor, and I brought a tent which we can play in, its really cozy and its in Pink color” “Then lets go!” Fatima and Noor headed to fatima’s bedroom. “what can we play in the tent though, Fati?” Fati was Fatima’s Nickname. “Let us play Camp- Camp” “Sounds good!” Noor was setting up the camp fireplace, the toy animals, whereas Fatima had the tent ready, with her brand new kitchen set. Together both got 1 paper and decided to draw a map which shows the different places in their camp. “This map looks good Fati, you are creative!” But the idea of making a map was yours Noor”
Meanwhile, as the kids were playing in Fatima’s house, a criminal, who disguised as the courier boy, came to Noor’s House. “Hmm, Oh! It is locked. Tough luck, How am I going to go inside and rob the house?” Just then, he noticed a pair of keys on the shoerack. “Wow, My luck paid off! I need to make sure no ones watching me. He quickly grabbed the keys and opened the door. “Not such a big house indeed! But the thing I came for is money!” He sneaked in to the Bedroom and saw a cupboard. He opened it, to his luck he found a Locker which had a code. “Oh no, How am I going to find the code?” He sat there thinking, when he thought they might have wrote it somewhere, he searched the bookshelf. He searched all the pages of the diary and to his luck, he found 2 codes “Hmm. 2 codes eh? Let me try both!” He went and entered the 1st code- 125110 which was failure. Then the 2nd code- 564339 which immediately opened the safe locker. “There are some gold jewellery and 50,000 rupees in the locker. Interesting!” he grabbed his sack secretly and emptied the jewellery and money inside his bag. He quickly rushed outside, locked the house. But oh how silly was the thief, as while he was going, he dropped the keys midway.
And now, at Fatima’s Place. “Noor, it has been 1 and a half hour since we played, maybe you need to go? Your mom may come any moment.” ‘Really? I must be on my way then! Bye Fatima I really Loved playing with you. Will see you again soon!” “Bye Noor, Do visit our house again, this time we will play something interesting!” Noor waved to Fatima and her mother and left to her house. When she reached, She saw keys on the floor! “Whose can it… Oh MY God! I forgot, My mother had handed me the keys when she went to the temple, and I forgot to Lock the house while going to Fatima’s House!” She started crying, and was roaming here and there. Just few minutes later, her mother arrived. When she came out the lift she saw Noor roaming. “Noor? Why are you crying and why aren’t you in the house? What is wrong?” She, seeing her mother, rushed to her and hugged her. “Amma, I am sorry! I do remember you leaving the keys with me, but while tying my shoe laces I might have left it on the shoerack and went to Fatima’s House. When I came back I saw that the keys were on the floor. Mamma something is wrong, please Mamma, forgive me for what I have done!” Pleaded Noor. Her mother was in shock “Hmm.. If anything has happened we will call the police and the Apartment security, but first, let us make sure all is safe inside.” “SOB- Ok mamma”.
When they went inside, Living room was clean indeed but the bedroom was shabby and all the books In their bookshelf were lying down, some pages shattered. Noor’s mother fell to the ground in shock, seeing the locker open. “we are doomed! We had only 50,000 and all my gold jewellery are gone. How am I going to survive? We have only 20,000 left with us!” Noor was shocked and started crying more hard… “it is all my fault, I left the keys and now we are Robbed and…” Noor’s eyes fell on a diary lying nearby, the page containing the locker codes were safe but the page was torn and was crushed. She opened the crushed paper and saw “Mom Look! The paper containing the codes of the locker are here, maybe the robber used this somehow and opened the locker, and then crushed it back so no one suspects?” “Yes it is that issue only, Noor. Now can you do me a favor? Go and call the security downstairs, meanwhile I go call the police.” Noor rushed downstairs and brought the security and Noor’s mother Farha called the police. In a Moments time, the police were there and also the security. “What has happened here Miss Farha? Everything seems shattered, what has occurred here according to you?” asked the police. They told the whole story what had happened to the police. “Hmm, so it indeed is a robbery. Noor is still a young girl, she doesn’t know, but you should be careful child. Maybe we can track the fingerprints on the locker?” “Yes sir, please do whatever you can to solve this! We have lost all our gold jewellery and 50,000. We are down to 20,000. Please help us.”
The police brought the forensic people to do the job. They brought the forensic kit and got a spray and a magnifying glass. One person sprayed the spray on the locker and the other person, used the magnifying glass to see the fingerprints. “Hmm, we have the fingerprints of him. Let us see if it matches our criminal records.” The police took the fingerprint thing to the forensic lab and started matching the fingerprints to see whether it matched their criminal records. To their luck it matched one record. “Hmm, It belongs to someone named Sajit Phulka, he is known for robbery and threatening. He has done robbery in almost 40 houses and has threatened lots of people. He also does drugs. He has been imprisoned for 4 years and now when he is out he has started again. We need to catch him.” “Sahab, give me the picture of him I will ask the others if they have seen him somewhere around?” “Good idea Sahadlal.” They printed the picture and handed it to 3 inspectors to solve. One inspector went to Dhashalpur, One to Parwanpur, And other to Sajmadnagar. Inspector Javed asked many people in dhashalpur, but all in vain, no one knew him. Inspector Sajesh asked people in Parwanpur, but he also could not find him. Despite asking over 6 people, Inspector Majdave decided to ask more people in Sajmadnagar. Time to time, Inspector Majdave reached one person, “Have you seen this man anywhere around?” He thought for a while and said “Yes sir, he always comes to that tea stall over there, Ghanshyam Tea stall. He comes every Friday. And today it is Friday. Maybe you could find him in a few?” “Thank you so much , Young man! It helps us a lot!” He hid behind a car parked near the tea stall and waited for him.
One man with a black hat, Black sunglasses, and a moustache came to the tea stall. The inspector was suspicious and saw the photograph. “It is him! The features match him perfectly, the moustache and the hat are same!” Inspector Majdave slowly sneaked and ran towards him. The thief was drinking tea. Inspector majdave caught him by the collar, the thief got scared and the cup in his hand fell to the ground, he turned his face and to his surprise, saw a police inspector in front, he tried to run but the inspector grabbed him by the collar and punched him. He grabbed him, called the other inspectors. One inspector, had a van. “Sir, it is a call from Inspector Majdave, the thief has been caught.” “Good Job done!” Both the inspectors sat inside the car and drove to inspector Majdave’s Location. When they reached they pushed the thief inside the back seat of the van and drove all the way to the bureau.
The chief inspector, hearing the news that the thief was caught and they were on their way, called Noor and Noor’s mother Mrs. Farha to the bureau. “Why have you called us here sir? Did you find anything about him?” “No need to find anything about him, we have found him indeed” The inspector told Mrs. Farha and noor to have a seat. Few hours later the inspectors came with the thief who robbed their house in their hands. He was caught red handed. The gold jewellery and the cash were returned to Mrs. Farha and also, they gave them 100,000 rupees so that they can earn a living. But from then onwards Mrs. Farha was careful about leaving the keys with Noor as she was a child and also because of this incident!