July 28, 2001 |
A college student arrested in the slaying of India's famed "Bandit Queen" says he killed her in retribution for her gang's alleged massacre of 22 high-caste men in 1981, police said. Phoolan Devi--an outlaw-turned-politician idolized by the poor--was shot to death Wednesday outside her New Delhi home. Devi allegedly carried out the 22 killings in revenge for her gang rape. Sher Singh Rana, 22, was arrested in Uttaranchal state in Devi's slaying.
July 26, 2001 |
Phoolan Devi, the "Bandit Queen" whose fight to avenge discrimination made her a heroine to millions of India's poor, was shot dead as she came home from her seat in Parliament for lunch Wednesday. Three masked gunmen opened fire on Devi, who claimed to be 37, when she got out of her car at her official residence shortly after 1:30 p.m., police said.
July 22, 2001 |
Authorities suspended an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the Himalayas after Islamic militants attacked devotees with hand grenades, killing 14 people in the disputed province of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. Seven pilgrims, two police officers guarding the route, four porters and one militant dressed as a Hindu priest were killed, said a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity.
January 14, 2001 |
Workers at a jute mill in Calcutta beat to death a senior manager and the chief executive who apparently shot and killed an employee in a labor dispute, police said. J.P. Tiwari, the chief executive officer, allegedly fired a revolver after workers calling for two suspended colleagues to be reinstated surrounded him, police said. After the shooting, workers beat Tiwari and a general manager to death, police said. Twenty-seven people were taken into custody.
October 3, 2000 |
A 13-year-old boy has been convicted in the mob killing of an Australian missionary and his two sons. The teenager was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Graham Staines, 58, and his sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, were burned alive inside the vehicle where they were sleeping after a Bible study meeting in the village of Manoharpur in January 1999. Hindu radicals accuse missionaries of illicitly inducing conversions to Christianity.
June 18, 2000 |
Black-garbed gunmen stormed a village while its residents slept early Saturday, executing 34 women, children and elderly men in the latest caste-related violence in one of India's most impoverished states. The attackers, identified as members of an upper-caste militia backed by rich landlords, fought a gun battle with several armed villagers for 2 1/2 hours until the residents ran out of ammunition, said M.V.