Khairlanji : Court Proceedings on 16th Nov 2007


After Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange , the next witness, witness no.19,  Dinesh Dhande is called in the witness-box. The public prosecutor from C.B.I. , Adv.Ejaz Khan is ready to  examine him.

Adv.Khan:  What is you age?
Wit:  26 Years.
Adv.Khan:  What is  your occupatioon?
Wit:  I am  a farmer.
Adv.Khan:  Since from when , you are living in Khairlanji?
Wit : Since from my birth.
Adv.Khan:  How much do land you posess ?
Wit :  I  have 5 acres of land.
Adv.Khan:  What is your  education?
Wit :  I have studied upto 12th standard.
Adv.Khan:  Do you know Bhaiyyala Bhotmange & his family?
Wit: Yes.I  do.
Adv.Khan:  Where  the house of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange is situated?
Wit: His house is at Toli area of Khairlanji.
Adv.Khan: Who resided with Bhiayyalal Bhotmange?
Wit: Alongwith Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange , his wife , Surekha , their sons Sudhir  &   Roshan & their daughter Priyanka resided .
Adv.Khan:  What happened on 29/9/06 in the evening?
Wit: On 29/9/06 , in the evening I returned to my house.Then I went to shop to purchase pan masala.While returning from that shop I heard shouts from Toli area.Threafter I went to toli area.I then stood near an electric pole behind the house of Natthuji Khandate.
Adv.Khan:  What did you see from there?
Wit: Then I saw that Surekha Bhotmange came out from back side of her house.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Vishvanath Dhande and Shatrughna Dhande followed her.Vishvnath Dhande was possesing one stick Shatrughna Dhande was possesing a chain.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: By then Jagdish Mandalekar came out to that place from the side of the house of Suresh Khandate.He was also holding a stick.
Wit :  Jagdish caught Surekha Botmange near a drain situated behind the back side of house of Bhotmange.Jagdish then stated beating Surekha by using stick.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Vishvanath Dhande & Shatrughna Dhande came there fom the back side  portioon of  the house of Bhotmange. Vishvanath Dhande & Shatrughna Dhande also started beating Surekha.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Ramu Dhande & Shishupal  Dhande came there from the same way as Jagdish had come.Ramu was holding a  stick & Shishupal was holding one chain. They both too started beating Surekha.
Adv.Khan:   Then?
Wit: Then Prabhakar Mandalekar , Gopal Bijewar & Sakru Bikewar came there from the back side  portion of house of Bhaiyyalal.
Adv.Khan:  What they were having in their hands?
Wit: They did not have anything in their hands.But there  was stick in the hands of Sakru Binjewar.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Prabhakar Mandalekar , Gopal Bijewar & Sakru Bikewar  started beating Surekha.Then all those persons killed Surekha by beating her.
Adv.Khan:  Where did Surekha was beaten up?
Wit: She was beaten near a drain & beside a cow-dung pit which are at the back side portion of Bhotmage’s house towards left side.
Adv.Khan:  What is the distance between the drain & cow-dung pit?
Wit: It is about 3 to 4 feets.
(Winess now is shown the map of Khairlanji.He points out the place where Dhusala road & Kandri road meet each other towards the main village , to be the place where he stood. That point of the mark is marked as W-1.Witness poits out the place where Surekha was beaten. Now, Adv.Bedarkar ojects that that map should not have been shown to the witness as he
 has not prepared it.The objection is over-ruled as witness pointed out the exact place by refering a map which is a  proved document and for that purpose of which  he  need not to be the author of it.)

Adv.Khan:  What did you see then?
Wit: Thereafter I saw that Bhaiyyalal’s elder son , Sudhir Bhotmange was running towards Dhusala .
Adv.Khan:  What was he wearing then?
Wit: He was wearing an underwear.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Jagdeesh Mandalekar, Vishvanath Dhande , Shatrughna Dhande, Shishupal Dhande, Prabhakar Mandalekar , Gopal Binjewar , Sakru Bikewar & Ramu Dhande caught  Sudhir bhotmange in front of the house of Krishnaji Titirmare.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: They then beat him.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Sudhir Bhotmange was dragged to the place where Surekha Bhotmange was kept.
Adv.Khan:  Where Surekha Bhotmange was kept?
Wit: She was kept at road near cow dung pit & drain.
Adv.Khan:  Where was other son of  Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange ,Roshan then ?
Wit: The other son of Bhaiyyalla Bhotmange was hiding in cattle -shed then situated behind their house.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then all those aforesaid persons caught Roshan Bhotmange.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then Roshan escaped from there & ran towards hand pump(borewell).
Adv.Khan:  Then?
wit: Then those persons again caught him near the hand pump.Thereafter, those persons started him beating him there .So,Roshan fell down.
Adv.Khan:  Was he dead then?
Wit: I  did not go there to see wheather he was alive or dead.
Adv.Khan:   Where was Bhaiyyalal’s daughter , Priyanka then?
Wit: Daughter of Bhaiyyalal namely Priyanka was hiding in a cattle shed situated beside that hand pump.Then those aforesaid persons brought her out of that cattle-shed.
Adv.Khan:  Then?
Wit: Then those persons beat Priyanka giving blows of sticks, chains & by giving fist & kick blows.
Adv.Khan: What was Priyanka wearing  then?
Wit: She was wearing her school uniform.
Adv.Khan:  Then what did you see?
Wit: I saw that then those persons dragged Roshan & Priyanka to that place where Sudhir & Surekha were kept.
Adv.Khan: By what Sudhir & Roshan were beaten ?
Wit: Sudhir & Roshan were beaten by sticks , chains,  fists  & kicks.
Adv.Khan:  How many persons were there when this incidence was happening?
Wit: While the incident was going on, 30 to 40 persons surrounded the house of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange.Then some persons out of those persons who were beating  , intermittenly were telling that if someone tell their names then he will be also beaten like them.
Adv.Khan:  Then what did you do?
Wit: Thereafter I went to my house as I was frieghtened.
Adv.Khan:  To which caste does Bhaiyyalal belong?
Wit: He belongs to Mahar Caste.
Adv.Khan:  At the time of beating what those people were shouting?
Wit: At the the time of the incident those persons were shouting “Mahrana Mara”(Beat the Mahar Caste People)
Adv.Khan:   Are those persons who were beating now present in the court?
wit: Yes.
Adv.Khan:  Why do you know them?
Wit: I know them as they are my co-villgers.
Adv.Khan finishe his examination.Now the defence lawyer Adv.Neeraj Khandewale begins his cross-examniantion of the witness.
Adv.Khandewale: What does your fahter do?
Wit: My father is peon in Z.P. school of Andhalgaon.
Adv.Khandewale: Your house is situated at a distance of around 500-600 meters from that of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: Your fields are besides Dhusala road at a distance of one  to one & half kms.Right?
Wit; Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You cultivate your fields yourself & with the help of labourers .Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You go to the fields in the mornings & in the evenings .Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You return from the fields sometime early & sometimes late.Right?
Wit: yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You do not go anywhere after returning from the fields.right?
Wit: No , I go to paan – shop for having khurra.
Adv.Khandewale: You take your kharaa  with tobacco .Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: When you go to beetel kiosk , you meet your friends & then you chit chat with them.Right?
Wit: yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You have chit chat with  them for one or two hours.Right?
Wit: I do chit chat there most for one hour.
Adv.Khandewale: That bettel kiosk is at the east of your house near Gram-Panchayat.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: At one side of Gram – panchayat , there is a cultural hall.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale:  That Gram – Panchayat is far away from your house.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: Are you acquinted with Rajendra Gajbhiye?
Wit: No.
Adv.Khandewale: .Do you know Sidhhartha Gajbhiye?
Wit: Yes, I do.
Adv.Khandewale: You saw Sidhhartha Gajbhiye frequently visiting house of Bhaiyyalal  Bhotmange.Right?
Wit: yes.
Adv.Khandewale: Sidhhartha Gajbhiye is police patil of Dhusala village.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You can reach your fields by two roads, one through canal & another by road  besides the house of Bhaiyyalal Bhotange.Right?
Wit : Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: Distance between  yours & that of the fields of Bhiyyalal Bhotmange is that of around 500-600 meters.Right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale: Khairlanji villagers were afraid of Sidhhartha Gajbhiye because of his goonda nature.Right?
Wit: I don’t know.
Adv.Khandewale: Sidhhartha Gajbhiye was beaten up by the villagers of Khairlanji.Right?
Wit: I don’t know.
Adv.Khandewale: You had good relations with the family of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange.Right?
Wit: yes.
Adv.Khandewale: You frequently used to visit his house.Right?
wit: No.
Adv.Khandewale:  Unknown persons also used to visit his house.Right?
Wit: I don’t know.
 (At this stage the court is deferred as its working time is over.)

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