We begin our story with a shot of a large group of protesters standing outside of the police station. Lots of signs are being waved around and a general ruckus is enjoyed by all. Inside we see Inspector Yadav lighting up a smoke and looking uncomfortable. A small parade of Jeeps pushes through the gathered throngs, and the Commissioner steps out. He takes a rock to the forehead as he climbs the steps to the office and looks more surprised than anything.
The Commissioner begins berating Yadav for what is happening outside. He accuses him of hiding in the office while the whole community is up in arms over the case that he has recently begun supervising. Throughout the powerfully dramatic dialog, we come to get the back story of what's going on and why the people outside are so worked up. There has been a rash of kidnappings lately. One child per month is going missing, and it seems to be happening right around the time of the new moon. Also of note, no ransom demands are being made of the parents or anyone for the return of the kids. No discernable pattern as to the kids that are being taken can be found either - some are from ordinary people and others are from very poor families. Yadav reminds the Commish that he's only had the file for a few days, but he is obsessed with getting this case solved.
We cut to a park where some kids are playing cricket. They are observed by someone with really long and messy dreadlocks, who is accompanied by loud and scary music. This person watches closely until one of the kids runs off into a thicket of trees to get the ball for the game. (Oddly he passes right by someone that looks to be passed out on his face on the ground.)
The kid goes digging around in the weeds as we see Mr. Dreadlock fiddling with a shawl that he's brought with him, and he moves in to strike. As the child roots around on the ground, Mr. Dreadlock throws the shawl over the kid's head and grabs him, stopping for a moment to mug for the camera and let us all get a good look at him. With an excited look on his face, he heads back to his little red van with his prize.
His as of yet unnamed accomplice takes hold of the child and restrains him the back of the van. A beggar woman comes up to the driver's window and begins asking for money. She quickly assesses the situation and begins yelling that these men are kidnapping the child. With the distraction the woman is providing, the child is able to bite the accomplice's hand and free himself. As the boy takes off, the woman continues yelling at the van, chasing it as it speeds away.
The men find cover some distance away and evaluate the day's events. The partner says that this last close call seals the deal for him - he wants out. All of this "black magic" stuff is going to get him killed, and he wants out. Charandas (Mr. Dreadlock) says that they've only got to sacrifice one more child on the next new moon, and they'll be done with their ritual and the world will be in their clutches.
Accomplice is not swayed. He says that the beggar woman will be able to identify them, and they're going to get caught. He flatly refuses to have anything more to do with this scheme. With that, he turns his back to Charandas. Charandas, being the generous soul that he is, reveals a switchblade knife and swiftly stabs Accomplice in the chest. He tells his bleeding friend that he is now free from responsibility in this regard.
Cut to the police station. As Accomplice feared, the beggar woman is in the office, and is eager to give a description to the police sketch artist. They go over the particulars and are able to produce a pretty accurate sketch. Yadav has the picture run in all the papers, hoping to get a lead.
Meanwhile, Charandas is wasting no time in getting his replacement sacrifice. He's found some kind of talent show for children, and is watching them with a more than a little disturbing enthusiasm. After a couple of kids get a paltry ten or fifteen seconds of performance time, we see what must be a good choice. He gets three whole songs to do!
Charandas watches with glee as the young boy goes through his routines, and he decides to make his move.