Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange on fast in Bhandara

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Nagpur, Oct 16 (UNI) Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor in last year's killing of four members of his dalit family in Bhandara district of Maharashtra, today began an indefinite hunger strike to demand a special court to try the case.

Mr Bhotmange and several of his supporters began the fast opposite the office of the District Collector in Bhandara this afternoon, sources said.

Besides the constitution of a special court, Bhotmange is also demanding that all cases registered against persons who participated in the protests after the incident should be withdrawn 'unconditionally and honourably.' There had been widespread violence at several places in Vidarbha, including Nagpur, Yavatmal and Amravati, last year after the gruesome incident.

Surekha Bhotmange (45), daughter Priyanka (18), and sons Roshan (23) and Sudhir (21) were lynched by a mob in village Khairlanji in Bhandara district late on the night of September 29, 2006, over a land dispute. Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange managed to escape and survived.

The police had arrested 47 persons during investigation into the incident. The probe was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a chargesheet against 11 persons, with the remaining 36 being released as no charges were brought against them.

The case is now being heard in the court of First Ad Hoc Judge and First Additional Sessions Judge S S Das in Bhandara.


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