Tamil Nadu Parties Seek Release Of 7 Prisoners In Rajiv Gandhi Case

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Political leaders said the seven have been in jail for the past 27 years. (Representational)

Chennai:

Led by Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko, the party today staged a protest in Chennai demanding that Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit release seven people serving life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Members of opposition parties like DMK, CPI, CPI-M and others extended support to the protest demanding their release in line with a resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu cabinet.

Tamil Nadu leader Vaiko said the governor should release the seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution.

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The seven people have been identified as Perarivalan, Murugan, Nalini, Shanthan, Ravichandran, Jayakumar and Robert Pyas.

Political leaders said the seven have been in jail for the past 27 years — since a suicide bomber killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally on May 21, 1991.

However, Mr Vaiko and others were detained by the police following the protest.

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