«Crossfire» by Shahidul Alam (Majority World)
A small-time mugger caught red handed. It didn't seem like a big deal. As the police dragged away the young man, he implored that they not inform his family. He seemed more concerned about his reputation than what the police might do to him. It was when the people in the streets began to suggest that maybe he should be crossfired that the terror crept into his eyes. It wasn't the Rapid Action Batalion (RAB) he had been arrested by, and it was a police station he was being taken to. [...] Crossfire. [...] The facts behind crossfire are known. Human Rights Watch calls the extrajudical killing a Martial Law in Disguise. [...] The killings continue, but are denied. The intention of these images is to reach out at an emotional level. To get under the skin. To walk t hose cold streets. To hear the cries, see the terror in the eyes. To sit quietly with the family beside the cold corpse. Every photograph is based on in depth research. On case studies. On veriable facts. A fragment of the story has been used to suggest the whole. A quiet metaphor for the screaming truth.