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Dalits to organize ‘Dhikkar Rally’ to mark 1 year of Khairlanji incident

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 26, 2007

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On September 29, several Dalit organisations across Maharashtra have planned to organize a ‘Dhikkar rally’ in Bhandara just to mark the 1st anniversary of the murder of four members of a Bhaiyalal Bhotmange at Khairlanji village.

On September 29, 2006, four members of the dalit family were reportedly massacred in Kherlanji village in Bhandara, near Nagpur in Maharashtra.

The incident was reported first in some Marathi daily and the mainstream media did not provide any space to this incident till October first week. Some political parties had organised a protest but it remained a mere ritual.

DNA had reported about the incident on October 7 that Surekha, 44, and her daughter Priyanka, 18, were beaten and gang-raped in front of villagers for an hour before they fell dead. According to the report, Surekha’s sons, Sudhir and Roshan Bhotmange, were murdered in the same incident on September 29.

Bhiyyalal, the head of the family, had managed to save his life when his family was attacked. Later, online media exposed the matter that led it to the nationwide protests. [1], [2]

Now, several Dalit organisations has decided to hold a rally in Bhandara and more than 30,000 people are likely to attend the gathering on September 29. According to the report, a a Dalit cultural front from Mumbai is the main organiser of the rally.

The Khairlanji incident had even given a chance to the various divided Dalit groups to be united against the state government’s poor action taken in this matter.

Later, Naxalites had even taken keen interest and even issued warnings to deliver justice to the perpetrators of the crime. At present, a fast-track court in Bhandara is hearing the case.

Bhandara District Collector S M Sarkunde said that he was unaware of any proposed rally. He said:

We get to know about it only through newspapers. Protests may be held, but we do not think there is any reason for additional security.



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Khairlanji anniversary

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 14, 2007

NAGPUR: The approaching anniversary of the Khairlanji incident on September 29 will be under the scanner of the city police department.

The city police department, which is busy with the security arrangements during the forthcoming Ganpati festival, will have a tough task on hand as the anniversary day draws near, towards the end of this month. Several city-based dalit and pro-dalit organizations resorted to violent agitation, protesting and demanding justice for victim Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, who lost four of his family members in a brutal bloodbath at Khairlanji village in Bhandara.

Snowballing in the districts, the issue was ignited by the dalits and pro-dalit organizations all over the state including Nagpur, which was gripped by widespread tension. Targeting government establishments, transport and installations, the protest turned violent. Though it was well suppressed by the swarming army of police personnel under erstwhile city police chief SPS Yadav, palpable tension prevailed in the entire city, which was interspersed by erratic violence.

The involvement of Naxal frontal organizations in fanning the violence had also come to the fore during the Khairlanji protest. Taking cues from last year’s incident, several security and intelligence wings have already started keeping a vigil on the movement of the so-called frontal organizations. Reliable sources hinted that meetings of the various organisations and the reported frontal organisations have already started as preparation for a recall movement in and around the city.

Apart from city police and other security and intelligence agencies, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) have been also become active to keep a watch on developments. Though city police chief Satya Pal Singh did not elaborate on the preparation of his department, he admitted that the issue would be ‘seriously taken into consideration’. “We are alert and will take all initiatives to ensure nothing flares up in the city,” said Singh.

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