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Rajiv Gandhi would have spared death row convicts: Karunanidhi

[TOI, Monday, 29 August 2011 15:28 One Comment]

After appealing to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to save the lives of three convicts facing death row in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said that "noble man" would have saved them if he was alive.

"Had young leader Rajiv Gandhi been alive today, that noble man would have definitely come forward to save the lives of Santhan, Perarivalan and Murugan, responding to the voice of true Tamils and in accordance with the golden saying of Anna, ‘forget and forgive", he said in a statement.

The DMK patriarch had urged Sonia Gandhi last week to intervene on the issue, saying appeals by Tamils across the world needed to be considered in the spirit of "forget and forgive".

Fervently appealing to the Centre and state government to save the lives of the three from the "clutches of death", he said capital punishment imposed on them should be cancelled. "If this is done, the entire Tamil race will extol such humanitarian action and they will be happy", he said.

Karunanidhi said he knew persons on whom capital punishment was imposed who were "pursuing a constructive way of life" after their sentences were commuted and they were released.

He himself had been responsible for some of those prisoners being released, he said, adding, "On this basis, I fervently appeal to the central and state governments to save the lives of the three youths from the clutches of death, taking this not as an epistle, but as a mercy petition".

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  • Perumal said:

    If the 3 are hanged, than there will be a Tamil India and a Hindi India, Delhi will be responsible for the divide