Indian court sentences killer of ‘Bandit Queen’ to life in prisonBy AP News Aug 14, 2014 6:55PM UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — The upper-caste killer of India’s famous “Bandit Queen” has been sentenced to life in prison by a court for gunning down the outlaw-turned-legislator who was idolized as a champion of the lower castes.
Phoolan Devi long roamed central India’s desolate valleys, allegedly stealing from and killing upper-caste landowners she said exploited poor, landless farmers, before she became a member of Parliament in 1996.
She was still a lawmaker when she was killed outside her house in a high-security area of New Delhi in 2001, by one of the upper-caste Hindus she had long fought against.
The Press Trust of India reported that Judge Bharat Parashar also fined Sher Singh Rana 100,000 rupees ($1,650) at the sentencing Thursday.