Marichjhanpi is one of the islands within India’s most famous mangroves - the Sundarbans. Being the location for Amitav Ghosh’s novel The Hungry Tide and a Bengali movie that is due to be released in 2020, Marichjhanpi is known as an island of atrocities.
In 1979, during the formation of Bangladesh, the island became an illegal home to 40,000 refugees. The police and political goondas eventually tackled the population through gun-fire and blockades, denying food & supplies, leading to the death of thousands.
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