But in all seriousness, what were the police doing? Shouldn't they have stopped this?
Im not sure as to why are you feeling that the police did nothing?
What do you expect the police to do when out of nowhere, a huge murderous mob assembles in a peaceful locality (which is a very normal area and not a "sensitive zone" meaning no special police arrangement there) with no apparent provocation (unless warning a couple of druggies to behave is a provocation
) to hack and burn everything in sight within minutes?
On top of that, the police would have obviously been instructed to go easy since a "community" is involved and any action against them will lead to the DDM screaming at the top of their voice.What else could the poor police do other than a few constables taking a few blows themselves to try and quell a riotous mob armed with lethal weapons with only their service "lathi"?
(Btw, a similar case happened 5-6 months back in B'luru when a rashly driving youngster who was even below legal driving age came under the wheels of a bus by driving on the wrong side of the road. Sadly, the guy happened to be "from a community" and within minutes, huge mobs assembled from the neighboring mosque armed with knifes, daggers etc and hurt a few passers-by and burnt atleast 10 vehicles causing a huge jam for hours since it is a vital main road. The police with their hands tied couldn't do much other than hoping the rioters tire out and go away since it was a "sensitive area" and the rioters outnumbered the unarmed police by a huge number
Im 100% sure that if even rubber bullets were fired, quite a few "seculars" on BRF itself would have been howling about "evil, fascist BJP govt" killing rioting muslims while letting pub-raiding hooligans free!!!!