Bollywood star John Abraham on January 18, 2019, launched the book, Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories, co-authored by Oswald Pereira and Annup Sonii. During the launch at Title Waves in Bandra, Mumbai, John Abraham discussed the disturbing crime rise in Mumbai,
Supported by his experience as a journalist and extensive research, Oswald Pereira analysed the nature of crimes in India. Speaking about the book, Oswald Pereira said, “The book is not meant to condemn the criminals. One is not born a criminal but is driven by certain circumstances in a spur of the moment. Victims are not only the people who have been affected but also the families of the criminals. They are branded as criminals for life for no fault of theirs.”
Commenting on the understanding of crime in India, John Abraham said, “At the micro level, It is important for us to stand up against the pettiest of crimes. Since human nature is essential of being self-centered, we need to be sensitised towards the crimes repeatedly. It is a conscientious process because as human beings we do not really acknowledge or react to crimes until we have experienced it ourselves.”
Speaking at the launch Annup Sonii said, “It is only human to feel emotions of jealousy, hate, and greed, people who commit these crimes are not hardcore criminals, they are people like us, who did not know where to draw the line when to stop. Everybody goes through a certain amount of problems in their life but committing a crime isn’t a solution to them. Crime never pays.”
The book has been endorsed by Ajay Devgn, Shilpa Shetty and Manoj Bajpayee. Ajay Devgn said, “This book gives you a ringside view of some of the most dangerous crimes.”
Shilpa Shetty said, “Shocking, moving, and riveting stories so well-written. Intriguing to see the modus operandi of criminals and the police’s skills in nabbing them. From an avid ‘CrimePatrol’ watcher and fan…this is an eye-opener and a great read.”
Manoj Bajpayee said, “It’s imperative to understand the psyche of criminals and analyze the reasons for these brutal incidents in order to lessen crime. May this book guides us in that direction.”
Gracing the launch event with their presence were eminent celebrities such as Aditya Srivastava, Dayanand Shetty, Deepti Naval, Nandita Puri, Juhi Babbar, and Raj Babbar.