Friends Fallen Apart
Friendship turns to long emnity over a small sum
George and Hameed of a same village were composite mill workers in Mumbai. George managed to get Visa for Bahrain for working as driver in a quasi-government establishment. Both were close and thick friends. Soon, George arranged a Visa and work permit for Hameed. All the expenses were born by George. In spite of working 7 years in Bahrain, Hameed did not pay the Visa cost.
Age-bar caused the termination of George’s services in Bahrain. Hameed too returned to the village as the salary was not enough to keep surplus. Before his return, a portion of the amount due to George was entrusted by his wife to George’s wife in the village. Even though both met 3 or 4 days daily, each passed by looking in other directions.
George’s additional qualification is as a habitual alcohol consumer. When George went along with few others to Hameed’s house for collection of contribution for a public cause, George who was under the influence of alcohol verbally abused Hameed. Others present intervened and calmed both.
Two days after the incidence, Hameed saw George sitting in a house nearby around 9 in the night. Hameed and his two sons – one adolescent and the other a boy of 8 years – laid in wait with knives in hands in street-side in dark and pounced on George when he came out. He was brutally injured and he could not do anything as he was in level-less condition. Hameed and his family went hiding the very night fearing counter-attack by relatives of George.
The incidence became a police case following the hospitalization of George. Hameed too got hospitalized in a distant place to have a counter-case as per the advice of an advocate.
The case prolonged for 7 years. Ultimately, case and counter-case were dismissed.
Even though the case was dismissed, George was waiting for a lonely counter-attack by self. The destiny failed him in the task as the death took him prematurely. Both the families are still in enmity.