A Case Study
This chapter looks at communal riots, which are one of most violent forms of public disorder afflicting Indian society. The impact of communal violence is severe not only in terms of the loss of life and property but also in terms of the damage it causes to the social fabric. This chapter examines the administrative response to communal riots, and discusses how the response to communal violence springs from all levels of government. Taking a communal incident that occurred in the city, the background of the event, the event itself, and police response to the event are examined in the context of existing theories and explanations of communal violence and ethnic conflict. The police response to the event is placed in the framework of situational crime prevention methods, peacemaking, and intensive policing.
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