Blood on my Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters by Kishalay Bhattacharjee

Apr 28, 2016 13:18 IST

Blood In My HandsBlood on my Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters: Kishalay Bhatacharjee

The book titled Blood on my Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounter authored by Kishlay Bhattacharjee was in news in the last week of April 2016.

The book came into news as Biju Janata Dal leader Tathagata Satpathy on 26 April 2016 demanded revocation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the north-eastern region. He stated that the book, which is on India’s north-eastern region, serves as an eye-opener.

The book contains the author’s conversations with an anonymous army officer. It  narrates the staged encounters in India's northeast and explains how awards and citations are linked to a body count.

The book mentions that the officers need a definite number of points to get a citation and earn their ranks and awards. Under this pressure, the army units bid to purchase a person to be killed from the mafia.

Blood on my Hands also contains an essay by Bhattacharjee and a postscript that analyses the hidden policy of extra-judicial killings and how it threatens India's democracy.

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