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    A possible/impossible story!

    At last the dreaded call came. The ATC of Amritsar airport was in full alert. Yes, the hijackers were calling. Their main demand was to release their three infamous compatriots imprisoned in Jammu jail. The subsidiary demands included safe passage from Kandahar to Peshawar in Pakistan and ransom of a billion US Dollars. The Indian Government was given a time-frame to decide. Col. Ranbir Singh was present at the ATC. He attended the call.

    He banged down the phone. The lives of eighty-one Indian passengers and the crew and pilots of the hijacked Air India plane were at stake. Col. Singh immediately called his superiors in Army HQ. In no time the news spread like wild-fire. The hijackers had demanded release of three dreaded terrorists imprisoned in Indian jail (whom the Army captured after lot of planning and effort), ransom and safe passage. Television channel anchors started shouting. Experts started giving their comments. The meeting of Cabinet committee on Security commenced within two hours. The relatives of the passengers of the ill-fated plane were tensed and waited anxiously all over the country.

    In an obscure corner of the Army Headquarters, a Brigadier was watching the television. The Brigadier was on the verge of retirement. He was not a member of any of the three main wings of the Army i.e., infantry, artillery or armoured regiment. He belonged to Army Medical Corps with specialisation in an area which was never discussed openly.

    Tension was running high. The Brigadier was biting his nails while watching the news and endless panel discussions. Suddenly his phone rang. When he lifted the receiver, he heard a young voice calling him, "Sir, the Chief wants to meet you immediately." The Brigadier was astonished but nevertheless he went to the Office of Chief of Army Staff.

    He was ushered to the chamber of the Chief. 'The Old Man' was eagerly waiting for him. The Brigadier saluted. The Chief asked him to sit down. He started: "Unfortunately the Government has decided to fulfil all the demands of the terrorists. But I will make a last try. Commando operation at Kandahar is not possible under the present circumstances. So I am planning to take the second option; so I have directly called you." For the next one hour, the Brigadier took instructions from the Chief and returned to his office. He then proceeded to a secret medical laboratory at an undisclosed location.

    Next morning, the entire India was tensed. Decision of the Government was known to everybody. The hawks were shouting. The doves were silent. The sympathisers of the terrorists and hijackers were in silent jubilation mode. The Brigadier had been working in the lab the entire night. A call came in the Lab. Yes, the Chief was calling. The Chief simply said:"The PM has agreed. Let 's do it."

    Ultimately an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane started its journey towards Kandahar with the three dreaded terrorists earlier imprisoned in Indian prison. All of them were sleeping. When asked by the reporters, someone clarified that they were given sedative injections to prevent them from committing further mischief. The ransom money was ready. Senior Army and Air Force officers including the abnormally silent Brigadier were also in the plane.

    The IAF plane landed at Kandahar airport after two and a half hour. The fugitives were exchanged. The ransom was paid. The hijacked plane with passengers and crew and the IAF plane returned safely to India.

    The three terrorists also returned safely to Pakistan. After five days they started vomiting. When their condition worsened, they were taken to a Pakistani Military Hospital. They started vomiting blood. Condition further worsened. Pakistani Army doctors ultimately diagnosed severe radiation symptoms in their body.

    The three terrorists commenced their journey to hell. The Polonium-210 (Po-210) injection administered by the Indian Brigadier had successfully done the job.

    P.S.: This is only a story originated from the fertile brain of Partha Kansabanik.
  • #572931
    An excellent story spun by the author.
    The following are some stories about polonium -
    1. Irene Joliot Curie, the Nobel Prize winning French scientist and the daughter of Marie Curie was perhaps the first person to die from the radiation effects of polonium.
    2. Russian KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was killed by polonium poisoning.
    3. In the clothes and personal belongings of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a high concentration of polonium was detected.
    4. Polonium is found in tobacco and is believed to contribute in causing lung cancer among smokers.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #572933
    Partha ,
    Hats off to you. I think of taking your brain on loan for few days. This is what should be learned by our government and practiced in future if anyone tries to get their favourites released from the jail. What a Military brain!

    No life without Sun ¤

  • #572936
    You should have been at the helm of affairs when "that " particular incident happened years ago. Do we really have the kind of those army chiefs and Brigadiers seen in your story? Had that been the case, Indian history would have been entirely different today.

    Hats off to you! You have shown us an example of an unmatchable creativity.

    Live....and Let Live...!

  • #572950
    Wow after reading this thread there should be call from the Military to the author on how to put the story to the reality and then put in to action. Very nice thought and for the first time I am coming across such a wonderful narration.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #572955
    I benignly accept the appreciative comments. The comments encourage me to create something more.
    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #572964
    A great story with good suspense created by the author. I enjoyed reading it. Every creation needs an inspiration and I would like to know yours!

    Living & Learning- simultaneous processes!

  • #572969
    #572964: Very good question! When Kandahar episode happened, I was in severe mental stress. The killing of a newly-wed inside the aircraft hardened my feeling. I was ashamed when a senior cabinet minister personally went to Kandahar along with the terrorists earlier in Indian jail. My blood boils even today when I note the daily activities of those terrorists released after the hijacking.
    I was discussing informally with an Army Officer presently on deputation in our office. Both of us have same frequency on this issue. He told me about Polonium poisoning in detail. Thereafter I read about the Litvenko episode (which Mr. Kailash Kumar mentioned). In this way I developed the story.
    Due to various limitations, I had to write the story in brief.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #572970
    Wow really a great story and I enjoyed reading every bit of it.

  • #572978
    Interesting story !

    I want Indian Government to adopt similar techniques as mentioned by the author, so that the evil can be abolished.

  • #572989
    I thoroughly enjoyed the fictional story, Partha. It's very unfortunate that the terrorists who were released in exchange of the Indian hostages are still creating mayhem in our country. It is now very clear that releasing them was a blunder, which is costing us very heavily.

    The plot based on polonium poisoining was very interesting. But then it is very good as long as it remains a fiction. Unlike others who are demanding the Indian Government to adopt such measures, I will profess a definite no to any such proposals. I will request my friends to be realistic. The real world is not that easy, as is generally represented in the movies. First of all, everyone should know that polonium is no ordinary poison. It is a radiation hazard. The radiation doesn't restrict to the injected person alone, but everyone else and every object in contact with the person gets infected. These people or objects can further spread the radiation.

    Moreover, do you think we will be the sole proprietor of this dangerous radioactive element. No. To have revenge, our enemies will go for similar techniques. They will poison whoever they wish too. It will kind of create an avalanche effect. Every government or authority will be using it to kill dissent. The terrorists too will lay their hands on the dangerous element and then the world will be at their mercy.

    As sensible humans and citizens of this world, we should never have anything to do with such dangerous materials. Nuclear weapons may give us momentary gain but will result into greater destruction for us and others, enemies or otherwise. As long as they don't fall into the hands of rough elements we are apparently safe. Even the Gods won't be able to save humanity, if the terror elements lay their hands on it.

    Even without polonium poisoning, our country should be able to wipe the terrorists out; all that's required is the will to do so and a few bravehearts. Any volunteers?

    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #573045
    #572989: Mr. Dhruv, I have read and enjoyed your idealistic response. However, as a student of International Terrorism, I have expressed my opinion on the issue time and again. A terrorist always has an advantage-element of surprise. You can't fight terrorist or terrorism with the Charter of Human Rights or Geneva convention. You must have to eliminate terrorists by any means (yes, by any means!)-most preferably before they strike.
    Otherwise, this would be an unequal fight where you would always be at the receiving end.
    Let's learn from Israel.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #573238
    As this is a long thread, I couldn't give time to read it until now. I really liked the story Mr. Partha Kansabanik. After reading the first half, I thought of asking whether 100 people are important than the hundreds/thousands of people who may die due to the release of such terrorists. I continued reading and loved the end of the story. Each of those terrorists deserved that polonium injection. In my opinion, terrorists should not be jailed but hanged if there is no use with them. And, the last sentence made me laugh once again.

    Let us continue learning.

  • #573243
    When I read the author's response that relates to Kandahar, I remembered a tamil movie namely Payanam(Journey) also in Telugu(gaganam meaning sky) and we may not believe the director would have added some comedy in between relating to reel stars.

    I always enjoyed this kind of genre in stories. Also surely every indian mind immediately relates and felt to kandahar.

    Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.

  • #573376
    Planning to write a sequel to this story. The basic structure has been developed. Will write it in one or two days. Eager to know the opinion of the Members who have read the present thread.
    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #573476
    Continue your creativity Mr. Partha Kansabanik. I am eager to read the sequel to this story.

    Let us continue learning.

  • #573515
    It made an interesting story and a good first attempt. However, being a voracious reader of fictional suspense and thriller novels, I found a few things amiss.

    1. One being the use of 'Chemical Warfare' – there are treaties against the use of any form of toxic weapons. That treaty was broken. By surreptitiously administering lethal doses of radioactive material 'Human-Rights' were also violated. Although I buy the explanation provided in #573045, international laws have to be followed, unless one is influential enough and wields the power to do otherwise.
    2. The description of the transportation of the extremists to the airport is implausible. Such actions would generally happen under secrecy. Journalist being allowed to notice 'sedated' men – no that doesn't happen.
    3. Mentioning the core of the brigadier, the second option, his working in the lab all night, and everything else related to him, actually gave the end away, before it happened. I don't know about the others, but I figured out the plot the moment I read the secrecy behind the brigadier's job.
    4. You mention fugitives being exchanged. Those guys weren't fugitives, they were captives.
    5. Fugitives exchanged is a wrong term, because one set of people were hostages, neither fugitives nor terrorists. They were handed over would have been appropriate.
    6. An organization that can pull off a hijack and have their demands met will not take 5 days to find out about the lethal dose their compatriots were administered.

    These are a few errors that I found in the story. Looking forward to the sequel.

    A fool will always try to make sense of his nonsense!

  • #573520
    Excellent points raised by Mrs. Juana. I really wanted this type of honest criticism.
    (a) Point No. 3 is correct-Any spy thriller reader could have understood.
    (b) Point Nos. 4 and 5 are correct.
    (c) Point No. 6- Polonium radiation is very difficult to diagnose. Minimum 5 days time is required.
    (d) No comments on Point No. 1. The treaty is signed by the countries. Even then Litvenko episode happened. Moreover, this is not a chemical weapon.
    (e) I have to write this in brief. Point No. 2 is correct. But I had to manage with this factual inaccuracy to keep the story brief.

    Sincere thanks to Mrs. Juana for her honest criticism.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

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