There are many stories about Phoolan Devi, popularly known as 'Bandit Sundari'. But this is the incident that made Phoolan Devi in the Valley of Chambal synonymous with terror. Whenever The name of Phoolan comes, the name of the Behmai massacre will also be remembered. In the same village, Phoolan Devi had set up 22 Thakurs in a queue on February 14, 1981, and fired them with bullets. On July 25, 2001, Sher Singh Rana killed Phoolan Devi to avenge the same carnage.
Since then, Sher Singh has been worshipped as a 'hero' in this village for about 18 years. Let us tell you the bloody saga of the Behmai massacre, a stigmatized history of the Chambal Valley. On February 14, 1981, the outbreak of dacoit Phoolan Devi broke down at Behmai village. At about 2:30 p.m., Phoolan Devi accompanied her companions to the last village on the banks of the river. Vidyavati, the widow of Surendra Singh, who was killed in the massacre, recalls the horrific incident that Phoolan's companions were trying to catch people in every house.
Our whole family was present at home, says Vidyavati. As Phoolan's companions headed home, we found out that something was wrong. My father-in-law took my little son on his lap and began to run away. We fled and my husband fled separately, yet we were caught by the robbers. The dacoits took people from several houses near Peepal. Then there were only dacoits in the village and the 22 people who were caught were the survivors, the rest of them fled. They were killed in a row by Phoolan Devi. According to the book written by Phoolan Devi, the people of that village gang-raped Phoolan, so she massacred them to avenge it.