Bandit queen–turned–lawmaker Phoolan Devi was shot and killed at her home on Wednesday by three assailants, Home Minister L. K. Advani told the Indian Parliament.
Devi, a member of Parliament's lower house, was shot by three masked men when she returned to her residence after attending the morning session of Parliament.
She was taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead.
The assailants also wounded her guard.
The assailants left a car behind them and sped away in a "three–wheeler," a motorized rickshaw, Advani said.
Devi, the "Bandit Queen" became a celebrity after her life story was made into a movie in the early 1990s. She escaped from a brutal marriage to become a Robin Hood–type bandit and eventually a member of parliament.
She was a prominent member of the Samajwadi Party, which has a strong presence in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.
Parliament's lower house was adjourned to mark her death.Reuse content