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Apropos of the editorial The other mob (June 7), TV channels along with their cameras and anchors are also responsible for provoking mobs to go berserk.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2007 00:29 IST

Apropos of the editorial The other mob (June 7), TV channels along with their cameras and anchors are also responsible for provoking mobs to go berserk. The Supreme Court should call for footage from TV channels that cover such unrest to be handed over to the local police who could identify and arrest the miscreants and report back to the SC. This will ensure two things: the channels will become responsible, and the mobs will be discouraged on seeing TV cameras.

Kedarnath R Aiyar
Mumbai

II

During the recent state-wide bandh in Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Punjab, policemen stood by watching organisers stopping trains at railway stations. Politicians cutting across party lines should hang their heads in shame.

N Nagarajan
via e-mail

III

After every agitation, society, including the media, makes a ritual castigation of the police force. But how many people realise that the police force is not all that incompetent. It is always discouraged from showing initiative and using talent to manage situations. While we need to modernise the police force, we should also weed out mischievous political and religious elements supporting criminals. We must ban all bandhs, particularly those called by political parties.

Ved Guliani
Hissar