Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the Bhotmange family of Kherlangi, was admitted to the Bhandara general hospital after he complained of nervousness and felt very uneasy, late on Sunday night.
According to reports reaching Nagpur on Monday, he was kept in the ICU and reported to be stable. The wife of Bhaiyyalal, his daughter and two sons were brutally killed by villagers on September 29, which led to the violent fallout on the streets of Nagpur and elsewhere recently.
Four members of Bhotmange family were killed at Khairlanji in Bhandara district because they did not allow the upper caste villagers to build a road over their field.
The police initially refused to register a case and it was only after sustained pressure from local activists that an FIR was filed and some of the accused were arrested.
Meanwhile, the sub divisional police officer of Tumsar, VH Susatkar, police station officer of Andhalgaon, Sidheswar Bharne and the Kherlangi beat constable, Baban Meshram were suspended for dereliction of their duties.
Incidentally, all these police personnel, who faced action, are also from the Dalit community. The Dalit massacre could have been averted if these concerned police personnel acted promptly.
The state police also registered a case against the assistant police prosecutor, Neena Gajbhiye, for advising the police to book 12 villagers, who attacked on Siddhartha Gajbhiye on September 13, under the protection of Civil Rights, instead of SC/ST atrocities Act, which is non-bailable.
When these accused were released and returned to the village, they attacked on Bhotmange family and brutally killed his wife Surekha, daughter Priyanka and sons Roshan and Sudhir.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Dr KD Ramteke, the civil surgeon of Bhandara informed that Bhaiyyalal was still kept in the ICU. He was in the SP office on Sunday night where he complained of uneasiness and was immediately admitted to the hospital. Due to the loss of all of his family members, Bhaiyyalal is in a psychological trauma and we are also offering him trauma therapy," Dr Ramteke further informed.