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Paddy field 2010

Locals wondered how a paddy field claimed to have been the site of an ambush and a skirmish, was undisturbed except where the body lay. The fact that the body had multiple bullet holes but the shirt it was wearing, only had one, was also unexplained. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was set up on 26th March 2004 to curb corruption in Bangladesh. It consists of members of Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force. RAB has increasingly been criticised for the extra judicial killings and torture that have taken place of people in custody. Human Rights groups maintain that over 1000 people have been killed by RAB since its inception. All such deaths have been attributed to gunfights between RAB and criminals where the people in RAB custody were caught in crossfire. No member of RAB has yet been killed in crossfire. Recently a high court bench passed a suo moto ruling, asking the secretary of the ministry of home affairs and RAB to explain a particular killing. The Chief Justice dissolved the bench immediately before the date for hearing (9 January 2010) of the government response. 'Crossfire' is an exhibition of photographs where Bangladeshâs leading photographer Shahidul Alam, takes an allegorical look at the phenomenon. The constructed images use elements of real case studies to evoke stories that the government has denied. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World


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Taken on November 17, 2009