10 years of Khairlanji massacre

Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, who lost four members of his... more

A signboard leading to Khairlanji village, Bhandara, Maharashtra. On 29 September 2006, a gang of men belonging to the politically dominant Kunbi Maratha caste barged into Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange’s hut, dragged out the Dalit family and hacked all its four members to death at the village square.
1/7A signboard leading to Khairlanji village, Bhandara, Maharashtra. On 29 September 2006, a gang of men belonging to the politically dominant Kunbi Maratha caste barged into Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange’s hut, dragged out the Dalit family and hacked all its four members to death at the village square.
Bhayyalal Bhotmange, lone survivor of Khairlanji Dalit killings, leads a lonely life in a government-allotted house in Bhandara, where he works as a security guard at a boys’ hostel. Bhotmange, the head of the massacred family, wasn’t at home that fateful day.
2/7Bhayyalal Bhotmange, lone survivor of Khairlanji Dalit killings, leads a lonely life in a government-allotted house in Bhandara, where he works as a security guard at a boys’ hostel. Bhotmange, the head of the massacred family, wasn’t at home that fateful day.
This cot is the only surviving piece of furniture of Bhotmange’s home. The 61-year-old claims he has deliberately retained it as a sign of the lives that were snuffed out.
3/7This cot is the only surviving piece of furniture of Bhotmange’s home. The 61-year-old claims he has deliberately retained it as a sign of the lives that were snuffed out.
Jaswant Mandlekar (in white), father of one of the convicts Prabhakar, with family members. A fast-track court convicted eight out of the 38 people arrested for the crime in 2008, awarding the death penalty to six, but did not identify it as “caste rivalry”.
4/7Jaswant Mandlekar (in white), father of one of the convicts Prabhakar, with family members. A fast-track court convicted eight out of the 38 people arrested for the crime in 2008, awarding the death penalty to six, but did not identify it as “caste rivalry”.
Durvas Khobragade (first from left), an elder of one of the remaining Dalit families in Khairlanji with family members.
5/7Durvas Khobragade (first from left), an elder of one of the remaining Dalit families in Khairlanji with family members.
Pranay Anil Lede was born a few months after the Khairlanji massacre.
6/7Pranay Anil Lede was born a few months after the Khairlanji massacre.
A bird’s eye view of Khairlanji village, where the massacre took place. Photos: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
7/7A bird’s eye view of Khairlanji village, where the massacre took place. Photos: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
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