Three LTTE cadres to be hanged on Sept 9 for Rajiv killing

Courtesy of the Sunday Times, Friday, 26 August 2011, with the  images being part of the web editor’s collection
Seven of the conspirators as in the book by Kaarthikeyen & Raju 
Three LTTE members convicted in connection with the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are to be hanged on September 9, the BBC quoted prison officials as saying. The BBC report said they would be hanged in the early hours of the morning, an official at the prison in 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 that 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.
 Sivarasan and Dhanu wait for the kill
The death penalty is rare in India. The last execution was in 2004 when a 41-year-old former security guard was hanged for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl.                                                             
 Dhanu approaches Gandhi — a moment before the fatal strike
 Dhanu as maaveerar

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