Print edition : November 15, 2013

Sikandar Chaudhary, who lost nine members of his family in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre, with his family on October 21. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

At Shankarbigha village, where 23 people were killed in January 1999. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Sendani village, in Gaya district, where 12 people were killed in April 1999. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Parvati Devi, who lost nine members of her family in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Laxman Rajvanshi, who lost three members of his family in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Boudh Paswan, who lost seven members of his family in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Reshami Devi, who lost four members of her family in the Shankarbigha massacre. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Baliram Singh. His death sentence by a lower court in the Laxmanpur Bathe case was overturned by the Patna High Court. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Dipankar Bhattachraya, CPI (ML- Liberation) general secretary, addressing a rally after the verdict by the Patna High Court in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre case. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

The acquittal of all the 26 accused in the 1997 massacre of Dalits in Laxmanpur Bathe village deepens the pessimism among agricultural workers in central Bihar. Such massacres do not happen any more, but the feudal relations that made them possible continue to destroy lives.
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