Ram - Despite the harsh cold, Ram had his sights set. He was not going to let sleep make him miss his moment of glory. He'd been chasing the leopard for far too long to give up hope now. The Village Panchayat had dissolved into chaos after Dhyanchand the Sarpanch's mangled body was found.
Always the early riser, Dhyanchand had ventured far too deep into the forest for his walk; far too early. The blood curdling scream for help were only but distant echoes to the villagers as they slowly rubbed the rheum from their eyes, to a morning they least expected.
The reports of a missing Sarpanch took the village by storm as they began a massive manhunt within the village limits.
~May 20th 2014~
Gangaben - She had been silent for 2 days. Confining herself to the silence of the Prayer hall, she had solely immersed herself in praying for the well being of her husband. While the thoughts of people were chaotic and hurried, she comforted her aching heart; knowing that only a dire situation would have asked her husband to stay away for this long.
"Maybe it was an important meeting in the town. He's always so forgetful, Buddhuram."
~May 28th 2014~
Ram steadied his rifle. Aiming at a leopard from barely 100 metres away while being hitched high up a tree branch had never been on his schedule in his lifetime. Atleast not till now, he thought.
The leopard was almost disinterested in his surroundings. Silent but wary of the visitor; the cat stuck to lying prone under the thick shrubbery of the hills.
May 23rd 2014
The body was found after 5 days. Barely recognizable. Gashed across the chest with what seemed liked monstrous claws and the face smashed to a pulp. Maggots had descended deep down into the flesh. Flies now buzzed around the stinking flesh of what was previously the whole body of the Sarpanch.
Mohanlal - the shepherd had ventured into the valley and had swooned upon the sight of the mangled dead body. What seemed like an hour later, he fell on the doorsteps of the village head's house.
"Sarpanch saab is no more."
After a hasty inquiry into his seeming supernatural declaration, the message was sent quickly, to get the Police Saaheb immediately.
Work in progress.