As long as well-wishers of terrorists, murderers express sympathy over their liquidation, law-abiding citizens will continue to be killed in bomb blasts. If Azhar Mehmood and his followers were punished, the Kandahar episode could have been avoided and many innocent lives would not have been ruined. If encounter killings could eliminate dacoits in the 1950s, Naxalites in the 1960s, smugglers and mafia leaders in the 1970s, Khalistanis in the 1980s and the bhais of the Gulf in the 1990s, we should examine whether extreme measures are required in certain circumstances.
Extreme measures in extreme circumstances
I do not agree with Vir Sanghvi in Police: our willing executioners (Counterpoint, May 6). In the fake encounter that killed Sohrabuddin Sheikh, it is clear that the Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh police were involved. There is no doubt about the fact that our media is engaged in an unnecessary controversy over Gujarat's fake encounters when many other states have had similar incidents. KPS Gill, the former Punjab police chief, who saved the state from terrorists, says that you cannot win the battle against terror without encounters.
Achyut R Railkar,
As a secularist, I fail to understand Sadia's explanation of minority communalism. The repeated citation of the Nehruvian philosophy is not relevant because it supports the 'appeasement theory'. In a secular society, communalism in any form and by any constituent is despicable and undesirable.
Shishir S, Lucknow
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