60 Seconds Story: 2006 Khairlanji massacre survivor dies of heart attack in Nagpur

Amar Ashok Jajoo | Jan 20, 2017 19:44

Bhaiyalal Bhotmange
Bhaiyalal Bhotmange. (Picture Source: The Huffington Post)

→ Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the 2006 Khairlanji massacre, died today at the Shree Radhakrishna Hospital & Research Institute, Nagpur following a cardiac arrest.

→ In September 2006, four members of the Dalit Bhotmange family – Surekha (Bhaiyalal’s wife), Priyanka (Bhaiyalal’s daughter), Sudhir and Roshan (Bhaiyalal’s sons) were killed in Khairlanji village in Bhandara district by members of politically powerful Kunbi Maratha caste. The accused had reportedly also paraded the women naked in the village before killing them.

→ While some reports suggested that the killings were carried out as Surekha a day earlier had lodged a police complaint against the accused over a land dispute, it was also reported that the killings were carried out because of the caste discrimination.

→ The massacre gained nationwide attention after riots in Nagpur. In September 2008, Bhandara High Court gave death sentence to six people related to the killings, however in July 2017, the Nagpur Bench of High Court commuted the death penaly for the six accused to rigorous life imprisonment.