The Case of the Missing Dog
The Case of the Missing Dog6 mins 274 6 mins 274
26-11-2020 Chacha Chaudhary and Sherlock Holmes solving a case together
“Oh my poor poor Twixy. Where could she have gone off to?”, the Queen lamented as cried into her lacy handkerchief.
“Calm yourself, Your Highness. I will try my best to bring her back. Would you please show me where you saw her last ?” asked Sherlock Holmes, who had been invited to the Royal Palace to investigate the case.
The Queen who was very fond of all her dogs and Twixy in particular showed Sherlock the little garden where she had been playing with Twixy. Twixy had barked at something behind the hedges and gone to sniff at it. For a minute, she had ducked under the bushes and then...disappeared. None of the palace workers had seen the little dog except for a guard. Sherlock bade the Queen to go inside and take some rest and said he would look into the matter.
He walked to the other side of the hedge, where the dog had disappeared and checked the ground for clues. He found some shoe prints, which most likely belonged to a lady, as the front of the shoe print was very narrow and at the back there was only a small impression, which looked like the tip of a pointy heel. He also found what looked like biscuit crumbs on the grass. On enquiring, Sherlock found that it was a special brand of biscuits that the Queen purchased for her dogs and no one except the queen was allowed to feed the dogs. Sherlock then spoke to the guard who had last seen the dog. He said a beautiful woman who was wearing a tag saying that she was a visitor to the palace was carrying a dog. He had not realised that the dog was the Queen’s as it looked quite happy to be in the woman’s arms and was happily munching on a biscuit. He said that the woman had thick black hair, was wearing a bright red trench coat and black stilettos. She had a red fedora pulled low over her eyes. Sherlock identified her immediately as Carmen Sandiego, an international criminal. He had a photo of her printed out and the guard immediately identified her as the woman he had seen.
Next, Sherlock paid a visit to the shop which sold the particular brand of biscuits. The shopkeeper identified the woman in the picture as the one who had purchased the biscuits and said that she had shown authorisation from the Queen to buy them. Sherlock told them that they were fake documents and asked the shopkeeper to try and recall anything else that he may have noticed about the lady. The shopkeeper thought for a while and then suddenly he said that she had received a phone call. He did not understand the language but thought she had said the word “Namaste” at the beginning. Sherlock identified the language as being Hindi, which was widely spoken in India. He thanked the shopkeeper and headed to the airport. He found out that the woman had indeed bought a ticket to India and a connecting flight to another town. Sherlock immediately booked a ticket on the same route and headed to India.
In India, Sherlock approached the police station, but they did not know anything about the criminal. They told him to contact Chacha Chaudhry, who was a brilliant case solver. They told him that "Chacha Chaudhary ka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai" (Chacha Chaudhary's brain runs faster than a computer). Sherlock was impressed and decided to meet Chacha. He was warmly greeted by Chacha and Chacha’s wife Bini, served him a delicious lunch. After lunch, Sherlock and Chacha sat to discuss the case. Sherlock explained the clues that he had collected, which had led him to believe that Carmen Sandiego was somewhere in this town. Chacha pondered over the information and told Sherlock that the only possible link could be KutteKiDhum. “Koote ki doom.., Who’s that?” asked Sherlock.
Chacha explained that he was a very rich landlord who lived in a farmhouse surrounded by high walls. No one was allowed to enter the land as it was heavily guarded. But everyone knew that he was very fond of dogs. Dogs could be heard barking from inside the compound. There were also rumours of him being a dog smuggler, but nothing had been proved. Chacha and Sherlock went to see the high-walled property. They could see guards at the gate and nothing else. Suddenly a gust of wind gave Chacha an idea. He opened his umbrella , went a few steps back and held Sherlock’s hand. As the wind blew, it lifted the umbrella, taking Chacha and Sherlock with it above the property. They saw that there was a huge garden in front and a mansion at the back. They could see many dogs in the gardens. Some of them were running around, but the others were lying down as if they were sad. The wind slowed down and Chacha and Sherlock landed slowly back on the ground. “I am sure this is where Twixy is,” said Sherlock. “Now we have to find a way to get inside.”
They both sat together and hit upon a plan. Rocket, Chacha’s dog was given a good bath and made to look clean and fresh. A big red bow was placed on his collar. Chacha also showed Rocket, Twixy’s photo. The plan was to leave Rocket outside KutteKiDum’s house as a present. The dog lover would take him in and then Rocket would try and see if Twixy was inside. If she was, when Chacha called, he would bark twice. As planned, Rocket was left outside the farmhouse and he was soon taken in. After 15 minutes, Chacha went to a wall away from the guards and called Rocket’s name. Rocket barked twice and they had confirmation that Twixy was indeed inside.
They immediately called the police and asked them to come with an arrest warrant. They also asked the local animal welfare organisation to come, so that they could take care of the other dogs till their owners could be found. Once they were ready, Sabu, Chacha’s 50 foot alien from Jupiter broke down the gates of the farmhouse. He fought single handedly with all the guards who had come running and tied them up. Rocket had rounded up all the dogs in the compound and he led them towards the Animal Welfare people who took them to the local shelter. Only Twixy was picked up by Sherlock, who fed him his favourite biscuits. They took Twixy and along with the police entered the mansion. They showed KutteKiDum the search warrant, but he acted very angry and refused to accept his crime. But a quick search of the mansion showed ledgers having details of whom the dogs belonged to and the amount paid for each of them. Seeing that he had no escape, KutteKiDum broke down and confessed his crime. But he said he did not know who Carmen Sandiego was as he had just handed over the money to her in exchange for Twixy. He was soon taken away by the police. Sherlock and Chacha congratulated each other on successfully solving the case.
The Queen was overjoyed to get her beloved Twixy back. As a token of her appreciation, she sent air tickets to Chacha, Bini, Jupiter and Rocket to visit her in London. So, one fine afternoon the Queen sat down for tea with Sherlock Holmes, Chacha Chaudhry, Bini and Jupiter. Rocket and Twixy sat on a plush pillow near their feet and were fed Twixy’s favourite biscuits.