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Survivor Bhotmange unhappy over Khairlanji verdict

The lone survivor of Khairlanji Dalit killing incident, Bhaiyalal Bhotmange on Wednesday said he was unhappy with the High Court verdict, which commuted the capital punishment of six accused to life imprisonment and demanded that Maharashtra government file an appeal in this regard.

“The court decision was unexpected. The Maharashtra Government should now go in for appeal against the HC order to give me justice,” Bhotmange told reporters outside the court.

Not a single person has been confirmed death sentence, which was unfortunate, he added.

Defence lawyers Sudeep Jaiswal and Neeraj Khandewale were extremely happy over the judgement.

“Our stand has been vindicated for the second time, first at special court in Bhandara, which awarded death sentence to six accused and gave lifer to remaining two. And now today at the HC,” they said.

Counsel for CBI, Ejaz Khan said prima facie, the court has upheld the guilt of the accused and the quantum of punishment is the prerogative of the High Court.

“We are happy, at this stage,” he said. Four members of Bhotmange family were brutally murdered by an angry mob in Khairlanji village on September 29, 2006.

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