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Book Review – CIU: Criminals in Uniform by Sanjay Singh and Rakesh Trivedi

Fiction is a powerful tool that is often used by journalism people to narrate the real events precisely without unmasking the real cast of heroes and villains. It’s real but runs like an alternative piece of history. On the similar lines, is the novel (CIU: Criminals in Uniform) by the duo crime writers Sanjay Singh and Rakesh Trivedi. A terrific page turner Hindi crime thriller spiraled out of real life situations.

Other than armed forces, in India there are many agencies that work internally in the service of the country. But the question is, who is monitoring the veracity of their work, are they honest and rectified every moment? You will not get a direct answer, however, journalism has the courage to expose them. And it had happened many a time in many Indian states.

This book highlights the wrong doings of some black sheep that work in the system of Indian agencies like CIU, ATS, IB, NIA, etc. In particular it is about API Yatin Sathe of CIU. The story is based on true events; however names have been changed for better narration.

As the story commences, there is brouhaha across Mumbai city, commotion in every news channel and many like police force are running pell-mell. Kuber is Asia’s richest man. Before his sprawling mansion Beria, a Scorpio car is found with a warning letter and some explosives. The letter is about exhortation.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. The real game is internal, about politics and power and revenge. Many agencies like ATS, NIA, IB, local police, and CIU come forward to investigate the case. But the Mumbai Police Commissioner Mahavir Tomar hands the case to the CIU head API Yatin Sathe. This guy had bad name in the department. But this didn’t go well with other agencies, especially ATS, which is the direct enemy of Sathe due to his police and political connection.

As the case begins, the authors showed a lot of filmy type coverage and situations. It was fun reading. As you delve deep in the story, it comes shockingly that one reporter named Sanjay Trivedi is after Sathe for his bad deeds like fake encounter and missing the evidence and so on.

Readers will feel that the novel is written to highlight the wrong doings of Sathe and many like him from the active serving system. The storyline chugs ahead unexpectedly when ATS discovers the owner of the car: Hashmukh. Another climax is that the car owner is found dead. Where the investigation is leading? It’s a big question.

More than the investigation, you are likely to get warm in the heat of rivalry that runs from one department to another, state government to central and vice versa. The story is fast-paced. You will be surprised to find how the real investigation is nudged by a journalist and the end climax will throw you in a loop. In earth-shattering episodes of truth the black sheep are exposed.

Though it’s a crime thriller novel yet it reads like a movie or OTT series. The novel before its released is taken for a web TV series. The book is quite popular that it’s published in Hindi, Marathi, and English. The authors are famous, they are the men behind two super hit series on SONY LIV i.e. Scam 1992: Harshad Mehta, and Scam 2003: Curious Case of Abdul Karim Telgi.

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