DMK seeks lifer for 3 Rajiv Gandhi killers

Last Updated: Fri, May 03, 2013 14:12 hrs

New Delhi, May 3 (IBNS) The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday said they want Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to ensure that the death sentence of three convicts - Santhan, Perarivalan and Murugan - involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, is commuted to lifer.

A group of DMK MPs on Friday met Singh and submitted a memorandum where they urged him to recommend President Pranab Mukherjee for commutation of the convicts´
death sentence to life imprisonment.

Santhan, Perarivalan and Murugan are in prison for over two decades.

"The death sentence of the three convicts should be commuted to life sentence on humanitarian grounds, taking into consideration the long period of imprisonment they have already undergone," the DMK MPs said in their memorandum.

"On behalf of our leader M Karunanidhi, we request you to consider the cases of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan. Their conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in May 1998. They are suffering imprisonment for more than 22 years ever since their arrest in 1991," read the DMK memorandum.

Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth Prime Minister of India, was killed at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, India on 21 May 1991. At least 14 others were also killed.

Gandhi´s assassination was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam, also known as Dhanu, who was found after investigations to be a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber.

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