I do not believe that l am qualified to answer that question with 100 % accuracy , Bull Hunter .Thank you Major.
Did Rongon get a fair trial?
With an true judge on an fair court?
Or made the police the decision?
Both Tobin and l were away in West Bengal , at the time of this occurrence . We were assigned to dispose of that man eating royal Bengal tiger and by the time we had returned to Nagpur , Rongon Daas had already been hung to death . Kawshik Rahman is actually more qualified to answer this question , since he was actually present at the trial when Rongon had been sentenced to death . Kawshik always was of view that Rongon had been tried unfairly , but then again Kawshik is a soft hearted human being who has always seen nothing , but the good in people . Kawshik’s deceased partner , Karim Chowdhury always believed that Rongon really did murder that American client indirectly .
Personally speaking , l would not put it past Rongon to push a client to the ground in order to escape a charging royal Bengal tiger . Out of decency , Kawshik will never admit it , but Rongon basically left Kawshik and another client to die once , when a royal Bengal tiger had charged their shikar party. He was holding the client’s loaded 9.3 x 74 Rimmed calibre double barreled side by side rifle , loaded with 286 grain RWS soft nose cartridges at the time . Instead of opening fire at the royal Bengal tiger or even tossing the gun to the client , Rongon basically left them for dead . The only reason why both Kawshik and the client survived was because Kawshik shot the royal Bengal tiger at point blank range with both barrels of his Indian Ordinance Factories 12 Bore shot gun , which was loaded with SG cartridges ( each cartridge held 12 copper plated pellets ) . Against all odds , those 2 buck shot cartridges successfully killed the 500 pound royal Bengal tiger . This is also , to my knowledge the only time a fully grown charging male royal Bengal tiger was successfully killed with buck shot of ANY size . I think that a man who can leave his comrade and co worker to die without any remorse whatsoever , is also capable of leaving a total stranger to die , in order to escape a royal Bengal tiger’s wrath .
That said , l should not make any remarks about Rongon’s trial , because l was not present that day at the trial . Regardless of whether or not Rongon was actually guilty , l do believe that the Nilgiri Wild Life Association’s main motivation for having Rongon executed , was to make a public statement that they did not take the deaths of our foreign clients lightly . This is because , as l have mentioned in the story itself , the revenue earned from foreign clients coming to India for shikar used to contribute greatly to India’s economy back in those days.