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India court sentences 'bandit queen' killer to life

Published on Aug 14, 2014 9:04 PM
Indian prisoner Sher Singh Rana (centre), the alleged killer of India's famous "bandit queen" Phoolan Devi, is surrounded by policemen as he is displayed before media representatives in New Delhi on April 25, 2006. An Indian court on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, sentenced Rana to life imprisonment. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian court on Thursday sentenced the man convicted of killing India's "bandit queen" Phoolan Devi to life imprisonment, 13 years after she was gunned down in broad daylight.

Ms Devi, a heroine of India's lower castes who transformed herself from an illiterate villager to a member of parliament, was shot by three masked men outside her home in central New Delhi in 2001.

Sher Singh Rana, who police said had confessed to her murder, was convicted last week after a trial that had dragged on for more than a decade.

On Thursday Judge Bharat Parashar announced the life sentence to a packed courtroom in Delhi and fined him 100,000 rupees (S$2,047.42), the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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