`Rana killed Phoolan to avenge 1981 Behmai massacre`

A senior police officer has told a Delhi court that prime accused Sher Singh Rana killed bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she and her gang had murdered 17 people.

New Delhi: A senior police officer has told a Delhi court that prime accused Sher Singh Rana killed bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she and her gang had murdered 17 people belonging to an upper caste.

"From the disclosure statement of the accused (Rana), the motive of offence was revealed to me that just to take a revenge, he killed her," Suresh Kaushik, a police Inspector who is also the Investigating officer (IO) in the case, said.

Testifying as 170th witness in the nine-year-old trial, Kaushik said the accused wanted to become a "hero" in his community by avenging the killings of 17 men of the Thakur caste by the bandit-turned-politician in 1981 at Behmai.
The Samajwadi party MP was gunned down outside her 44, Ashoka Road residence here on July 25, 2001.

PTI

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