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Pulan Devi: The Amazing Story of The Indian Bandit Queen (Part 2)

Born in 1963 to a fisherman in Gorha Ka Purwa, Pulan belonged to the lowly and poverty stricken Mallan Caste. She was the second daughter out four in their family. She lived as a Bnadit and died A member of Parliament.

Bandit Queen

Pulan’s St Valentine Massacre

On one of her Robbery expeditions, she came across some of the men who raped her while at captivity in Behmai. She demanded that they show her the Ram brothers who killed her lover Mallah, but the villagers refused. She assembled the men in a line and opened fire. Of the thirty men who crumbled, twenty-two died in what became known as the St. Valentine massacre and all were upper caste men. Prime Minister Indira Ghandi who happened to be an upper caste Prime Minister  sent thousands of policemen after her. For the very first time, Pulan and her gang rocked the stability of the Indian establishment so her arrest became a national concern. Unfortunately, no police force could arrest Pulan and yet she continued to cause atrocities everywhere her gang went.

 Surrender conditions

In 1983, tired of outlaw life, she found a peace mediator who struck a deal for her surrender. It was a win-win deal for Pulan, her gangs and her family members. The 5 point conditions for her surrender were that;

1.         she hands over her gun to an unarmed police force before  a crowd of 10,000, including foreign journalists.

2.         her surrender be done in the presence of two huge portraits of Durga and the Mahatma.

3.         her father’s land was to be returned to him.

4.         her only brother be given a government job.

5·         her gang members were not to be hanged or tried in Uttar Pradesh—but were to serve 8 years and be freed thereafter.

Tired of blood letting, the Indian government under Indira Ghandi accepted these terms and Pulan and her gang were jailed for 8 years jail term, a sentence they conditioned the Indian courts to give them.

As luck would have it for Pulan, in 1994, a new Minister of state of Uttar Pradesh who was also of a low caste, lobbied for the early release of Pulan. She was later pardoned of all her charges as way to heal the wounds between the lower and upper caste.

From a Bandit Queen to A Parliamentarian

In 1996 she won a parliamentary seat in to represent again, the untouchables—especially the women, whom she knew had no political representation. As MP,she was very conscious of her security and so she would wear  a bullet vest and had security all the time.

The Violent Death of the Bandit Queen

One unlucky Wednesday on 25th  July 2001, she did not wear her bullet vest . After the morning session in Parliament, she decided that she should go home briefly. She entered the house for short while and by exactly 1.30 pm as she came out of her house to drive back to Parliament, her assassins were waiting for her by her Bungalow gate. She was attacked as she got into her car and go killed instantly. Her body guard was injured but he also killed one of the assassins. She died at a young age of 38. She remains one great Indian woman with an amazing story to her very young life, having risen from a Bandit Queen to a Parliamentarian.

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