Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the Khairlanji massacre in which his wife and three children were brutally killed in 2006, has demanded that the state government appoint competent lawyers to fight his case in the Supreme Court.
Four members of the Dalit family — Surekha Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, her daughter Priyanka, sons Sudhir and Roshan — were brutally killed by a mob in Khairlanji village in Bhandara district on September 29, 2006, over a land dispute with upper castes. The incident led to violent protests across the state.
The six accused of killing the children were given death by the lower court in September 2008. In 2010, the high court commuted the death sentence to 25 years imprisonment. The state government has challenged the HC order in the Supreme Court. The other two were sentenced to life for murdering Bhotmange’s wife.
Bhaiyalal also met home minister RR Patil at the Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday. He claimed that he was promised 4 acres of land as a rehabilitative measure by the government soon after the massacre, but the promise has not yet been fulfilled.
Patil has asked social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe to expedite the process of allotment of the land. Patil is likely to talk to the Central Bureau of Investigation over Bhotmange’s demand for lawyers.