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Jail Diary: Tihar Se Kabul-Kandahar Tak (Hindi) is Sher Singh Rana's autobiography. Rana is the prime accused in the murder of the Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi. In this book, he gives a personal account of his life, from events in his childhood to the prison break that occurred many years later.
It was in the year 2001 that Phoolan Devi, who had just turned politician, was shot near her residence in New Delhi. Of the three persons accused of committing the crime, one was Sher Singh Rana. He had allegedly surrendered to the police in Dehradun and accepted the charge. He said he murdered Phoolan Devi to avenge the killings of 22 persons who died at her hands at Behmai.
After confessing to the crime, Rana was arrested and taken to the largest prison complex in South Asia, Tihar jail. He remained there until one day in 2004, he escaped. He visited the grave of Prithviraj Chauhan, the last of the Hindu rulers, and reclaimed his relics from there. He undertook this arduous journey to Afghanistan through Bangladesh. He has ever since maintained that his act of bringing back Prithviraj Chauhan's remains was an act of honor.
In 2006, he was arrested in Kolkata and sent to Delhi, where he was kept in Rohini Jail. He remains in this jail till date, as the case is still under the ambit of law.
Jail Diary: Tihar Se Kabul-Kandahar Tak (Hindi) opens with Rana's breakout from Tihar. He swings between time frames in narrating his story. His childhood days, the birth of his political aspirations when he was in college, his days in Haridwar selling liquor, his introduction to Phoolan through the Eklavya Sena, and his miraculous breakaway from a very secure prison are among the events in Rana's life that the readers will discover in this gripping autobiography.
About Sher Singh Rana
Sher Singh Rana is the prime accused in the Phoolan Devi murder case.
Rana was one among the three men who allegedly murdered Phoolan Devi. He surrendered to the police in Dehradun and confessed to the crime. He was taken to the Tihar jail, from which he escaped in 2004 and fled to Afghanistan to bring back Prithviraj Chauhan's remains. This act of his created a roar in the media because it was considered a restoration of India's pride.