ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lebanon- Redoing the Sums

goondas had a free time, burning and killing, only one single police bullet found a target and that one was not aimed at anyone in particular but hit a wholly innocent person". This is surely a remarkable feat from a force which is ordinarily so trigger-happy. The Commission in fact states that police were not given any 'standing order' to open fire and maintains that the 'standing order' alleged to have been given by the DM and the SP are a fabrication and an afterthought. The Commission's report, however, seems to fail in one respect, It does not seek to answer whether or not the incompetence of the authorities has something to do with communal bias in the administration. The administration does not operate in vacuum and is scarcely neutral or unaffected by the communal or other socio-cultural divides. And especially after the experience of the Moradabad riots this is important to bear in mind. It is, nevertheless, clear from the strong criticism of the authorities and especially the district administration why the report was suppressed.

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