1528 by Rohit Saha


In August 2016, after a 16-year hunger strike protesting the removal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), civil rights activist and poet, Irom Sharmila broke her fast. She began in the year 2000, in response to the unjustified killing of ten people at a bus stand by the armed forces in a village called Malom. This episode came to be known as Malom Massacre.

The Act, as it has been enforced in Manipur – often described as a ‘disturbed state’ – allows the military to execute anyone on the mere suspicion of terrorism. It has recently been claimed that there are well over 1528 people who have died in such Extra-Judicial killings carried out by the Armed Forces between 1979 and 2012.

With this project, Rohit Saha aims to understand the nature and scale of these fictitious clashes that are called ‘fake encounters’, keeping the landscape as witness. By volunteering for the EEVFAM (Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families of Manipur) – an organisation formed by the widows of victims – he gained insight and gathered evidence about the situation at hand. By going through victims’ testimonies as well as witness accounts, he was able to shape his current perspective – a photobook of his personal experiences.

Find out more about the story here.

About Rohit Saha

Rohit Saha is a visual artist from Calcutta, India. He works with photography, illustration, and animation to narrate stories. He has been working with communities, landscapes, and political phenomena in various parts of India.

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PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY Rohit Saha and The EEVFAM Archives, as credited in the book
PRINTED BY Naveen Printers
YEAR 2019
DETAILS File Folder, 9.2 x 13.5 in, 200pp
HB Natural, 80GSM
ISBN 978-1-5136-5591-8

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