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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Date set for hanging

[BBC, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:01 2 Comments]

Rajiv Gandhi was killed as he addressed an election rally in southern India in 1991Three men convicted in connection with the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are to be hanged on 9 September, officials say.

They will be hanged in the early hours of the morning, an official at the prison where they are being held in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu said.

The move comes after India’s president rejected mercy pleas from the men known as Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan.

The killing of Rajiv Gandhi by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber shocked India.

All three of the condemned men were members of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers militant group and were convicted of plotting the assassination. Murugan and Santhan are from Sri Lanka and Perarivalan is an Indian Tamil.

In 2006, the Tamil Tigers expressed "regret" for the murder.

The Supreme Court in 1999 confirmed the death sentences of the three men, but commuted capital punishment to life imprisonment for Nalini Sriharan, an Indian Tamil woman married to Murugan who was also convicted in connection with the assassination.

"The three convicts are personally informed today when they will be hanged," Mr Pugazendhi, a lawyer representing the three men, told the BBC Tamil service.

He said they had expected the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state to make a personal intervention.

"As there is no sign regarding political intervention, we are exploring other legal options," he said.

The mother of Perarivalan also told BBC Tamil that he denied the charges and said that she believed the judgement was based on a forced confession.

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  • dees Pillay said:

    Rajiv deserve to die, during the IPKF, 20,000 Tamil youths “disappeared” Rajiv was a trator to the Tamil course. If the hanging takes plece ,India will be divided between the Tamils and the northeners, this is the worst thing that can happen to India. Sri Lanka is playing the Chinese card and using India like a puppet.
    I WAS AN INDIAN UNTIL MAY 2009> (after India helped kill 40,000 Tamils in sri Lanka)

  • nagarraj said:

    Killers deservs to deadth. They havee killed our prime minister its a crime off waging war against the state. srilankan tamil issue wwas not an a big issue in TN if so viko, PMK or DMK would be ruling the state not ADMK which is ani LTTE party. their are many problems in the world we cannot care about every thing. so is the srilankan issue icare only about myy country. Dont clud srilankan tamils andd indian tamils.

    by the by im an tamil and most importantlyy an indian tamil.