The live images on TV were chilling to say the least. One could be forgiven for mistaking them for scenes from Cairo or Tripoli. In riot gear, lathi in hand, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode is seen stomping down the street. Reaching for his revolver from the holster, he aims squarely at retreating protesters and empties round after round of live ammunition. With their commander aiming to kill, the cops on duty got the message loud and clear.