Images from Dhalpur: A photo feature showcasing the struggles of evicted families

Our team brings to you these heart-rending images of people as they struggle to put their lives together, even as levelled out spots where their modest homes once stood, still dot a desolate landscape 
The SabrangIndia team in Assam went back to Gorukhuti village that falls in the Sipajhar circle of the Dhalpur region of Darrang district in Assam, where 200 families were forcibly evicted without adequate notice and then shot at by police personnel, leaving two people including a 12-year-old boy dead, and at least 10 people injured. This photo-feature showcases how evicted families villagers are faring amidst administrative apathy that has left them shelterless and at the mercy of the elements during a raging Covid-19 pandemic. These are images of grief, helplessness and also resilience. While families of victims are still coming to terms with their loss, life must go on…
All that is left after the demolitions

Rubble piled up in a corner

There used to be a hut here

All that is left after a hut was torn down

This used to be someone’s kitchen

Tin sheds and bamboo poles

The site of the police firing

A local school remains shut

People somehow living under such tin sheds

A village struggles amidst its ruins

Police Shooting victim Moinul Hoque’s widow and children

Police Shooting victim Moinul Hoque’s parents

A widow stays strong amidst grief

Sheikh Forid’s mother living every parent’s greatest fear – outliving one’s child

She soldiers on, fetching water for her family

They rebuild their lives after the storm



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