Khairlanji: Court Proceedings on 29th Oct’07


 The last witness Sunil lede is called again in the witness box.The defence lawyer, Adv.Jaiswal is ready to cross-examine the witness.

Adv.Jaiswal: when you denied him the tea , he got annoyed. Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Jaiswal: He was speaking in the fit of rage.Right?
Wit: Yes
Adv.Jaiswal: you r giving the false deposition against Jagdeesh Mandalekar under pressure from C.B.I.Right?
Wit: No.
 (Adv.Jaiswal finishes his cross-examination .Now, the next witness, Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange,the lone survivor in the Khairlanji Massacre from Bhotmang family is called in the witness box to be examined by  the special prosecutor , Adv.Ujwal Nikam.The witness is facing towards the Hon.Judge showing his back towards the people present & the accused sitting on the back benches)
Judge: What is your name?
Wit: Bhaiyyalal Sudam Bhotmange.
Adv.Nikam: What is your education?
Wit: I m 4th std.pass.
Adv.Nikam: How old are you ?
Wit: 50 yrs.
Adv.Nikam: What is your residence?
Wit: Khairlanji.
Adv.Nikam: What is your caste?
Wit: Mahar.
Adv.Nikam: When you got married & whom did you marry with?
Wit: I was marrired in 1982 with Surekha Khobragade.
Adv.Nikam: To which caste Surekha belonged?
Wit: She belonged to Mahar caste.
Adv.Nikam: How many children did you have?
Wit: I had 4 chidren , 2 sons & a daughter.The eldest was Sudhir,younger Roshan & a daughter named Priyanka.
Adv.Nikam: What was Priyanka learning?
Wit: She was in the 12th std.
Adv.Nikam: What was Sudhir doing?
Wit: He was learnt upto 4th std.He dropped out of the school since he was handicapped.
Adv.Nikam: What standard Roshan was in?
Wit: He was learnt upto 13th  std.
Adv.Nikam: Do you know Gopal Bijewar ?
Adv.Nikam: And Sakhru Bijewar?
Wit: Yes , I know all the accused.
Adv.Nikam: To which village accused belong?
Wit: Khairlanji.
Adv.Nikam: Are Surekha,Sudhir,Roshan & Priyanka alive today?
Wit: No,the accused murdered  them.
Adv.Nikam: On what date this murder took place?
Wit: On 29/9/06.
Adv.Nikam:  Where were u on 29/9/06 ?
Wit: I was at my home.
Adv.Nikam: What was the time when this incidence happened?
Wit: It was 6 to 6:30 in the evening.
Adv.Nikam: Who else was present in the house ?
Wit: Surekha,Sudhir , Roshan & Priyanka.
Adv.Nikam: What Priyanka was wearing at that time?
Wit: She was wearing a blue skirt & white shirt.
Adv.Nikam: What did you see at 6-6:30 in the evening when you were at home?
Wit: The villagers had attacked my house .
Adv.Nikam: What happened next?
Wit: They were talking that these Mahaar-Dhed people had implicated them in Police – case.
Adv.Nikam: What did you see?
Wit: I saw the sticks & cycle chains in their hands.I was terrified , so I ran towards Dhusala.
Adv.Nikam: How many peole do you  know amongst them?
Wit: I know 12-13 people among them.
Adv.Nikam: How many people you  can name among them?
Wit: Gopal Bejewar , Sakru Bijewar , Jagdeesh Mandale , Prabha Mandale, Mahaipal Dhande,Dharmapal Dhande,Vishvanath Dhande,Shishupal Dhande,Ramu Dhande,Shatrughna Dhande,Purushottam Titirmare,Premlal Khurpe & others.
Adv.Nikam: Are they present in the court today?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Nikam: Tell after looking towards them.
Wit: I know they r present .
Adv.Jaiswal: (Interrupting) It should be noted that without even looking towards the accused , the witness is emphasising their presence.

 (Adv.NIkam then asks the accused to stand one by one & Bhotmange recognises them .)    

Adv.Nikam: Where did you run away to?
Wit: I ran away to Dhuasala.
Adv.Nikam: Why did you run away to Dhusala?
Wit:I was frightened to see the crowd in fit of rage.
Adv.Nikam: Wom did you meet in Dhusala?
Wit: I met with Police patil , Sidhhartha Gajbhiye.
Adv.Nikam: What did you tell him?
Wit: I told him that a mob of ………
Adv.Nikam:(interrupting) you told him about the incidence.
Wit: I told him about the incidence.
( Adv.jaiswal objects for cutting short the witness’s narration.)
Adv.Nikam: Then what happened?
Wit: He called on the Andhalgaon police station from his cell-phone.
Adv.Nikam: Then?
Wit: I went to Andhalgaon police station on the same day.
Adv.Nikam: Then where did you stay at for that night?
Wit:  I stayed with Sidhhatha in Dhusala.
Adv.Nikam: What happened on 30/9/06?
Wit: On the next day i.e.on 30/9/06, I went back to my home at
 Khairlanji at about 5-6 in the morning.
Adv.Nikam: Did you see Surekha, Sudhir,Roshan & Priyanka?
Wit: No,I saw the things in my house in haywire.
Adv.Nikam: What did you do then?
Wit: Then I went to Deulgaon to meet Yadnapal Khobragde.
Adv.Nikam: Did you see them their?
Wit: I asked him whether my family members had reached there?But he
 answered in the negative.
Adv.Nikam: Where did you lodge complaint about this incidence?
Wit: On the same day with Yadnapal Khobragade , I lodged a police
 complaint in Andhalgaon Police station.
Adv.Nikam: What was your condition at the time of registering the
Wit: I was very frightened & serious.
Adv.Nikam: (Showing him the F.I.R.)Is this your complaint?
Wit:(without looking)Yes,it is.
Adv.Jaiswal:(objecting)Sir,I object for the demeanour of the witness
 ignoring to look at the paper.
(Adv.Nikam again shows him the paper.This time the witness looks at the  paper & identifies his signature.Hon.Judge records the objection of  the defence lawyer)
Adv.Nikam: Whose dead body you first found?
Wit: I first saw the dead body of Priyanka on 30/9/06.
Adv.Nikam: Where did you see her dead body?
Wit: In the rural hospital of Mohadi.
Adv.Nikam: Where were you before that time?
Wit: I was with Yadnapal Khobragade in Deulgaon.Yadnapal received a phone call, then I & Yadnapal went to Mohadi Rural Hospital.
Adv.Nikam:  What was the condition  of the dead body of Priyanka?
Wit:(Weeping) The dead body was completely naked.Her body bore the  marks of being beaten by cycle chains & sticks.
  (At this stage Adv.Nikam requests the Judge to record that witness  was weeping in answering the question.But Hon.Judge rejects his request.)
Adv.Nikam: Then?
Wit: The last rytes were done after the postmortem.
Adv.Nikam: Where did you see the dead bodies of Sudhir , Surekha & Roshan.
Wit: In Mohadi Rural Hospital.
Adv.Nikam: What did you see?
Wit: Surekha’s blouse & petticoat was torned .Her head was badly smashed.All the dead bodies bore the marks of injuries of cycle chains & sticks.
 (At this stage , Adv.Nikam requests the court that the sealed clothes of the dead bodies be brought before the court. Request being granted , the articles are brought before the court.When the aricles were about to be opened , Adv.Jaiswal annouces that let the articles be declared as identified by the witness.The Hon.Judge records the the clothes r
 identified by the witness.Following were the  articles broght before the court & their respective numbers
1.Articile no.25-White blouse & blue coloured shirt 
2.Articile no.35-Red blouse
3.Articile no.36-Red Petticoat.
4.Articile no.37-Blue white checkered shirt.
5.Articile no.38-White sando banian (of Roshan)
6.Articile no.39-Cotton underwear (of Sudhir)
After this the court was adjourned till the next date i.e.30th  October.

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