The Killing Fields

by Debesh Banerjee, The Indian Express, 27th July 2015

On February 18, 1983, the fields surrounding the cluster of villages around Nellie in central Assam became a gory site. Around 14 villages of Bengali-speaking Muslims in Nellie were surrounded, thousand hacked to death and their homes set on fire. Abdul Khayer still recalls vividly how he managed to save his life by running into the fields while his friends and family members got trapped. In Subasri Krishnan’s documentary, What the Fields Remember, the filmmaker traces the tragic series of events in which over 3,000 people lost their lives (the official count is 1,800) and no one has been held accountable still.
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