Thursday, July 29, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Bhotmange to move SC in Khairlanji murders case

Bhotmange to move SC in Khairlanji murders case
Press Trust Of India
Mumbai, July 28, 2010First Published: 21:20 IST(28/7/2010)
Last Updated: 21:21 IST(28/7/2010)

Anguished over "delay" by Maharashtra government and CBI in moving the
Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's verdict in the
Khairlanji Dalit killing case, the only survivor of the incident today
said he would move the apex court. "I will appoint a well-known lawyer
and move the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court verdict
which was totally unexpected and unfortunate," Bhaiyalal Bhotmange
told reporters.

Bhotmange, whose wife, two sons and a daughter were killed in the
incident, said he wanted all the 11 accused, including three who were
acquitted in the case by the sessions court, to be awarded death

Although the sessions court had punished eight accused in the case,
they were acquitted under Prevention of Atrocities on SC/ST Act.
Bhotmange said "I will challenge this aspect also. I will also press
molestation charges, which were not included so far, against the
culprits," he said.

"I met Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today to know the government's
stand on moving the SC in the case. However, I was just told that CBI
which probed the case will move the court. The government is not
paying heed to my plea," Bhotmange alleged.

"I do not know when CBI will move the court but I have decided to go
to the apex court independently seeking justice," he said.

Four members of the Bhotmange family -- Surekha Bhaiyalal, her
daughter Priyanka, sons Sudhir and Roshan --were brutally killed by a
mob at Khairlanji village on September 29, 2006, over a land dispute
with upper castes, provoking violent protests across the state.

Six people, accused of killing children, were given death sentence by
a sessions court in September, 2008. Another two were sentenced to
life imprisonment for murdering Bhotmange's wife while three others
were acquitted.

The Bombay High Court later commuted the death sentence of six
convicts to 25 years imprisonment and fixed a similar period for two
others serving life term.

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