Ek maqbool suragh-rasa ka ek qissa VIII

And to belatedly return to this ongoing translation of a Sherlock Holmes story into Urdu, which has been languishing for quite some time, at a quite crucial juncture….

“Paris Police ko ek baat pata chali hai,” kaha ‘Daily Telegraph’ ne, “jis se Janaab Eduard Lucas, jin ki tashaddudnak maut pichle Somvar raat ko unke rihaesh Godolphin Street, Westminster mein huyi, ke haadse ka raaz khul jaaye. Hamare padhne waale ko yaad hoga ke yeh shakhs ko kisi ne unke kamre mein khanjar se maara gaya tha, aur unke khidmatgar par shak kiya gaya, lekin yeh uske uzr ghair maujudgi ki vajah se voh begunah paya gaya. Imshab, ek aurat, jinhe Mohtarma Henri Fournaye ke naam se jaana jaata tha aur Rue Austerlitz par ek chote bangle mein rahti thi, ki pagal hone ki khabar unke naukaron ne police ko di. Tehqiqaat ke bad pata chala ke unhe ek khatarnak qism ki dimaghi junoon tha. Police ko yeh bhi pata chala ke voh Mangalwar ko London ke safar se vapas aayi thi aur saboot mila hai jis ke binah par unhe Westminster ke jurm se joda jaaye. Tasveerein se beshak pata chala hai ke Janaab Henri Fournaye aur Eduardo Lucas ek hi aadmi the, aur marhoom kisi vajeh se London aur Paris mein doghli zindagi basar kar rahe the. Mohtarma Fournaye, jo padaish se Creole hai, ek garam mizaaj ki thi aur, aur pehle bhi be-qaraari ki daure padhe the, jo junooni andaaz ke the. Yeh maana ja raha hai ke in mein hi unhone yeh haibatnak jurm, jisne London mein tehelka macha diya hai, ko anjaam diya. Unki Somvar raat ki amad-o-raft ka abhi pata nahi chala hai, lekin isi pehchan ki aurat ko Charing Cross Station par Mangalwar ki subh ko dekha gaya, unki jangli soorat aur isharon se. Yeh mumkin hai, ke unhoon yeh qatl ek junoon mein kiya, ya aise waqt jab is junoon ne unke hosh uda diye. Is waqt, voh apne halaat ka koi bhi hisaab nahi de pa rahi, aur doctoron ka maanna hai ke usi vapas hosh mein aana mushkil hai. Yeh bhi saboot hai ke ek aurat, jo Mohtarma Fournaye ho sakti thi, ko Somvar ko kai ghante Godolphin Street wale ghar par nigrani rakhe dekha gaya.”

“Kya sochte ho iska, Holmes?” main kaha, use pura bayaan padh kar jab tak voh nashta kar raha tha.

“Mera aziz Watson,” us ne kaha, jaise woh mez se utha aur kamre mein idhar-udhar chalne laga, “aap bahut sabr waale hai, magar agar maine aapko guzashta teen roz mein kuch nahi bataya yeh is liye hai ke kuch bataane ko hi nahi hai. Ab bhi yeh Paris ke khabar se hame kuch madad nahi milti.”

“Lekin uski maut ke baare mein to aakhri baat hai.”

“Is aadmi ki maut to ek mahz ittefaq hai – ek mamuli vaqiya – jab aap iski muwaazna kare hamare asli maqsad, is dastavez ko dhund nikalna aur Europe mein fitna bachana, se. Pichle teen roz mein ek hi zaroori baat huyi hai aur woh hai kuch nahi huya. Mujhe har ghante hukumat se khabar milti hai aur yeh pakka hai Europe ke kissi hisse mein gadbadi ki khabar nahi hai. Ab agar yeh dastavez harkat mein ho – nahi YEH NAHI HO SAKTA HAI – magar agar yeh harkat mein nahi hai, to kahan ho sakta hai? Kiske qabze mein hai? Ise kyun chupaya ja raha hai? Yeh sawal hai jo mere zehn mein lohar ke hathode ki taraf marta ja raha hai. Kya yeh, sahi mein, ek ittefaq tha ke Lucas ki maut usi shab huyi hai jab yeh dastavez gayab huya? Woh kya us ke paas pahuncha bhi? Agar haan, to uske kagzaat mein kyun nahi tha? Kya uski pagal biwi apne saath le gayi? Agar haan, to kya uske Paris waale ghar mein hai? Main kaise uski talash karun France ki police ko shak dilaye huye? Yeh aise maamla hai, aiz Watson, jab qanoon bhi hamare liye itna hi khatarnak hai jitna gunehgaar hai. Har aadmi hamare khilaaf hai, lekin dao par bahut kuch hai. Agar mein isi safal anjaam deta hoon, to yeh beshak mere kaam ka chamakta taaj hoga. Ah, sabse tazi khabar!” Usne pesh kiye gaye paigham ko sarsari nigah di. “Vallah! Lestrade ko lagta hai ke koi dilchasp cheez nazar aayi hai. Apni topi lo, Watson, aur phir ham dono Westminster tak tahal kar aata hai.”

Jaari rahega….. Jald!

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