Topic: Case study.
7. Ramesh is the S.P of a district. The district witnessed a peaceful protest organized by unemployed individuals demanding job opportunities. Initially, the protest remained non-violent and lawful. However, a group of miscreants seized the opportunity and engaged in destructive activities such as arson, vandalizing public transportation, and assaulting police personnel. Two constables were severely injured in the process.
Upon receiving reports of the protest turning violent, the S.P quickly assessed the situation and mobilized additional police forces to restore peace. The primary focus was to ensure the safety of citizens, contain the violence, and apprehend the miscreants responsible for the illegal activities. The S.P instructed the police force to exercise restraint and avoid excessive use of force.
During the investigation, the police identified some of the miscreants involved in the violent activities. The higher authorities then issued orders to demolish certain “illegal” constructions belonging to the accused. However, upon reaching one of the identified spots, the S.P found that a few of the said constructions were legitimate and had all the relevant documents. This discovery presented a significant ethical dilemma for the S.P.
(a) What are the options available in front of Ramesh? Evaluate their pros and cons
(b) Which course of action should Ramesh take? Justify.
Difficulty Level: Moderate