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EXPORT EARNINGS-Irrelevant Distinctions

(on August 16, 1990). As always, it is only when the law is taken by the people in their own hands that the guardians of the law wake up. Following the death of the 50-year old Jairam Singh in the Patel Nagar police station recently, the people of the locality surrounded the police station, blocked the roads, set fire to vehicles and stoned the police. This compelled the police bosses to rush to the spot and suspend three policemen of the station. Suspension or transfers are hardly adequate as punish- ment. One of the senior Officials indicted for killings during the Meerut communal riots in 1987 was transferred to another spot in UP and now again he figures prominently as an accused in the recent killing of suspected terrorists in a fake encounter in Pilibhit. Departmental actions apparently do not have any deterrent effect on them. Since popular pressures do not lead to punishment by law, will the people have to go further in taking the law in their hands by punishing the criminals in uniform?

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