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Morgue 8698 RAB Series

Morgue, Bangladesh. 2009. The morgue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital is where many of the 'crossfired' victims end up. Outside the morgue is a sign saying ""Let conversation cease. Let laughter flee. This is the place where death delights to help the living." 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 criticized 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 â apparently for some administrative reasons. âCrossfireâ 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 20, 2009