Saturday, October 23, 2004

the STF hero ...

veerappan was finally brought down earlier this week ... there was certainly much relief all over the country ... and among indians abroad. one of my classmates from high school was certainly very proud while announcing this on our email list:
I happily and proudly state that it was my father-in-law, Mr.Vijay Kumar and his STF team who cleverly laid out the trap for the deceitful criminal and gunned him down.
i ofcourse want to reiterate - we are all proud of them as well ....

there was ofcourse the issue over human rights violations - but encounter killings have become almost routine, especially in cities like mumbai ... folks almost think its ok to use that option. in this case, i believe the those who will overlook any "violations" far outnumber those who wont.

3 comments:

Nitin said...

Aditya,

Veerappan's killing is actually a genuine encounter killing. I dont think there was any violation that needs overlooking.

Anonymous said...

You know my views against encounters. They are justified because of the rut in the legal system. In the computer parlance, they are just "hacks," necessary until the problems with the main system are sorted out. Hacks can never be the mainstay of any subroutine, they can never be the mainstay in any democratic society.

As Nitin says, this might well have been a real encounter. Lets, for argument sake, assume it wasn't. Is it right? I don't know. In this case, there was no doubt absolutely that Veerappan was a hardened criminal, perhaps the most wanted criminal in South India. In such cases, I don't oppose encounters. But really, staged encounters should not take place even in this case... think about it: If the legal system can't bring the most wanted criminal to justice in accordance with the laws, there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with the system. When I mean SERIOUSLY, I REALLY MEAN SERIOUSLY!

Anonymous said...

And BTW, I have nothing but immense respect for the STF people... encounter staged or real. Great job by these brave souls, I may add.

- Niket