Mixed reaction in India over release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins

Mixed reaction in India over release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins

Written by Bella Dalima

22 Feb, 2014 | 5:13 pm

The decision of Tamil Nadu state to release seven assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi evoked mixed reactions in the nation on Friday. 

Youth staged protests in Tamil Nadu demanding the release and expressing anti federal government sentiments through slogans. The students participating in the protest in Coimbatore said it was being staged to put forth their demand to the federal government to release Santhan , Murugan and Perarivalan.

The protesters also tore posters of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and were arrested by the city police later.

Members of ruling Congress protested in New Delhi condemning the decision of the release of the convicts.

Senior leader of Delhi Congress, Kiran Walia, said that the party does not support the release of convicts responsible for killing former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha Jayaram triggered outrage in the ruling Congress Party by announcing her government’s decision to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case on Wednesday, as the party blamed her for playing politics over the case.

In 2000, the mercy petition for the convicts was sent to the President of India, the last stage in the process of appeals, and was rejected 11 years later.

At present the Indian Supreme Court has issued a stay order on the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release the convicts.

 

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