All the 56 convicted and 212 people arrested for the massacre of eight Dalits here on August 6, 1991, were acquitted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2014. As the Supreme Court, which has stayed the HC order, hears the case now, justice has stood still not just in the courtroom.
Twenty-four years later, the small village of Tsundur is divided between areas for Dalits and those where they can’t enter. A church serves as the divider, with the Dalit families confined to behind it in an area they call Ambedkar Nagar.
Even the memorial to the killed Dalits, standing in the middle of the village, couldn’t be completed. The construction was stopped after a court ordered a stay on it and the case is sub judice.