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11 chargesheeted for Dalit killings

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 04:05 IST
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Within a month of beginning a probe into the murder of four members of a Dalit family in Khairlangi village, the CBI on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against 11 people.

The chargesheet was filed in the court of a judicial magistrate against the accused for murder, outraging modesty of women, allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly with deadly weapons, trespass and destruction of evidence as well as offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The killing of the four Dalits — Surekha and her daughter Priyanka and sons Sudhir and Roshan — on September 29 at Khairlangi village had sparked widespread protests in parts of Maharashtra.

However, the CBI said in its 15-page chargesheet that no rape was committed against the two women who were killed in mob violence.

The accused will be produced in court on Thursday.

Giving details of the incident, the CBI said the 11 chargesheeted people and others hatched a criminal conspiracy on the evening of September 29 at Khairlanji to murder Bhaiyalal Sudam Bhotmange and his family. They then formed an "unlawful assembly" with deadly weapons and committed criminal trespass into Bhotmange's house in the village.

Uttering casteist remarks, the accused murdered four members of Bhotmange's family, the CBI said.

In order to destroy evidence, the accused threw the dead bodies in Pench canal after the attack. They outraged the modesty of Surekha and Priyanka by removing the clothes from their bodies, the chargesheet alleged.