Wrote something for the Indian site MyLaw.net on grease devils. Everybody spins the story their own way. Being a panic, it’s of course prone to multiple interpretations. My point here is that people don’t trust the police or even army that much, so this shows the underlying fragility of law and order, and the cost in terms of survival of the state.
Many states ignore law and order and people seem to not care, but underneath there’s a deep tension that can come out in unpredictable and (for the state) catastrophic ways. Hence, equality before the law and general fairness is not just ‘a good thing’, it’s also a wise thing even in a Machiavellian sense.
Anyways, the article is here. They mention that I grew up in the west of Sri Lanka when I actually grew up in The West, but besides that the site is looking much better.