More than six years after four members of his family were hacked to death at Khairlanji village in Bhandara district,Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange has finally received four acres of land promised by the state government.
He got a job at a government guest house and a house in nearby Tumsar village in December 2010 but land was delayed. Minister for social justice Shivajirao Moghe handed over 7/12 extract of the land to Bhotmange at Vidhan Bhavan Monday.
Torture and murder of his wife Surekha,daughter Priyanka and sons Sudhir and Roshan on September 29,2006,over a land dispute with a politically dominant but backward caste had sparked nationwide protests. Surekha and Priyanka were paraded naked before they were killed. This was allegedly done because the Bhotmanges opposed requisition of their field to build a road.
On March 12,Bhotmange,accompanied by NCP state secretary Uttamrao Gaikwad,met home minister R R Patil to remind him of the promise of land.
Patil asked Moghe to do the needful.
Bhotmange also demanded a competent lawyer for CBI to appeal in Supreme Court a Bombay High Court decision to commute the death sentence of the six convicts in the case.
The Nagpur bench of HC commuted to 25 years imprisonment in 2010 the death sentence given by a lower court. It noted that there was no caste factor involved in the killings and that none of the accused had a criminal record.
Gaikwad said the government purchased 12 acres from a private landowner in Tumsar in December 2010. Eight acres were handed over to the social justice department and the remaining were to be given to Bhotmange.
There was neglect and delay in the handover. We took up the matter with R R Patil and Shivajirao Moghe and finally,Bhotmange got the 7/12 extract, said Gaikwad.