Mumbai, Jul 14: All the accused in the brutal Khairlanji killings case, in which Dalits were targeted, have been awarded life imprisonment.
Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court bench on Wednesday, Jul 14, convicted and sentenced the accused in the 2006 case to life imprisonment.
The convicts will be serving a total of 25 years in prison. This includes the time they have already served.
On Sep 29, 2006, about 50 villagers attacked the house of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, a Dalit farmer. The mob lynched four members of the farmer family, including wife Surekha, daughter Priyanka and two sons Dilip and Roshan.
Even though the murders were earlier construed as a consequence of a village feud, the case later took shape under the atrocity against Dalits charge.
This led to wide-spread anger and the media attention forced the authorities to quickly take action.