Phoolan Devi murder: Main accused convicted

August 09, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

New Delhi: Thirteen years after the sensational murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi, a Delhi court yesterday convicted main accused Sher Singh Rana, saying that prime facie all the evidence points towards him.

The court acquitted 10 other accused in the case. The quantum of punishment will be announced on August 13.

Additional Sessions Judge Bharat Parashar convicted Rana — who gunned down Phoolan Devi, once popularly known as “Bandit Queen” — to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of the high caste Thakur community.

Umed Singh, Phoolan Devi’s husband, expressed dissatisfaction over the verdict.

“... justice has not been done. Ten accused were acquitted (by the court). We will move the high court. This case was politically influenced,” he told reporters outside the court.

The court convicted Rana on charges of murder and attempt to murder with common intention. However, he was acquitted for criminal conspiracy and under the Arms Act.

Rana looked shocked when the judge read out the verdict. However, the other 10, who were let off, could not stop expressing their happiness. Seeing their reaction, Rana asked the court: “Why have I been convicted?”

Phoolan Devi was shot dead July 25, 2001 outside her residence at Ashoka Road by Rana and his associates, police said.

No Ebola case reported in India: Minister

New Delhi: The government yesterday said no case of Ebola virus has been reported in India so far, even as it announced the setting up of emergency helplines to assist people.

“As of today, this moment, there is no Ebola case reported in India. There is no need to panic,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told reporters outside parliament.

At the onset of the disease, a patient experiences fatigue, fever, headache, sore throat and pain in the joints and muscles. The initial symptoms are so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US says cases are often misdiagnosed.