The name which always comes first to our mind , whenever we talk about “Efficient Police Forces” in the world, is “SCOTLAND YARD”.No doubt they have been exceptional in their response to organised crime , safety of citizens , identifying and investigating suspects and in making sure that real culprits are convicted.
But , what started as a protest against the alleged ‘unlawful’ killing of a non-white youth named Mark Duggan in Tottenham , North London and further deteriorated into full scale-riots in London and spread in other cities like Birmingham , Liverpool and Bristol , did actually nothing to the store prestige in the much acclaimed police force of London.The claim of police that the guy in question fired a shot before he was killed in reciprocal firing by police has come out as untrue after the result of a forensic tests of the gun came out.
The strangest thing for me was that even after the mayhem and anarchy for three days police had still restrained themselves from taking any stricter action against rioters.They were possibly compensating for their earlier actions.But that is not how a riot is controlled.I was rather surprised reading the statement of top police officers that
“That’s a tactic that will be used by the Metropolitan police if deemed necessary,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh told reporters. He was talking about the use of plastic-bullets.It is surprising considering that many police forces would have already used something like ‘plastic bullets, ‘baton-charge’ and ‘tear-gas’ if the rioters continued even after three days.I am not sure if it is another proof of ‘Human-Face’ of British Police or just the deficiency and political correctness and weakness in containing riots.
The strange thing about this riot is that , though we are aware why and where it originated but we are completely unsure of objective of rioters.They also lack any specific face , color or gender.But what binds them all is that they all are young , very young and probably without work.Is this really a riot or the frustration and anger of unemployed and unprivileged younger generation towards the administration of city of London and Britain.
Indian cricket team is due to play English Team in Birmingham and the games are obviously at risk considering the security concern of players.Even if game happens it would be very difficult to attract crowd to the ground as they will be very concerned about their safety.
That is a very grim and unfortunate situation in the city where Olympics are to be held in 2012.The same situation in any Asian Country would have invited calls for shifting the games to elsewhere but as we know justice is always ‘Fair’ in the outlook, it won’t happen to London.