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FPJ Edit: No one blameless in Delhi Violence

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The death toll in the pro-and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act violence that broke out last Saturday in parts of northeast Delhi had climbed to 22 by Wednesday afternoon. One of the first to be killed at the hands of an anti-CAA pistol-wielding protester was a 41-year-old Delhi Police head constable. At least three other Delhi Police personnel were doused with acid thrown from a terrace by the miscreants in one of the poor colonies torn by communal violence which came to a head on Monday when President Trump landed in India. Neither side was innocent. But to blame the police is only partially correct. Wild and uninformed criticism of its handling of anti-CAA protests in mid-December had enmeshed it in various court-directed inquiries, forcing it on the back foot. You cannot expect to demoralise the police and then expect it to fight goons with its hands tied behind its back. Until things turned really ugly on Tuesday, the police lacked the will, direction and, above all, leadership, to quell the riots. It stood by even as the armed marauders on either side indulged in wanton acts of lawlessness, torching public and private property, killing each other and generally inciting religious hatred against one another. A........

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