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Phoolan killer wants to surrender, but no Tihar

Rana does not want to return to Tihar as he feels unsafe there. His escape had led to the transfer of 83 policemen.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 23:17 IST

Two years after his sensational escape from the high-security Tihar jail, the main accused in the Phoolan Devi murder case Sher Singh Rana wants to surrender as he wishes to lead a normal life.

After evading the police for long, Rana resurfaced on a television interview saying he was ready to face any punishment, but does not want to return to his earlier abode as he feels unsafe there.

"I wish to lead a normal life like an ordinary citizen. I have said this earlier also. I want to join the mainstream," he said in an interview.

Maintaining that he was ready to face any punishment, he asked the Government to give him a chance.

"The Government has even given a chance to terrorists. Why can't I be given an opportunity, I have not betrayed the nation," he said.

"I know there are two cases against me. I know there will be punishment. I am ready to face them," Rana, who made a dramatic escape from the Tihar jail in February 2004, said.

He said that some people belonging to the Rajput community had offered to help him, but he turned those down and instead decided to write a book on the trials and tribulations he had to go through to make a living.

"Some 83 policemen were transferred and 10 to 15 were suspended after my escape. The new Director General (prisons) had termed my escape a blot on Tihar. I can't go back there as I don't consider myself safe there," Rana said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 23:17 IST