Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Perarivalan attacked with iron rod in jail (Tamil Nadu)

September 13, 2016UPDATED: September 14, 2016 00:09 IST 

Police sources said the Rajiv case convict received blows from the rod on his forehead, scalp and also his arms when he tried to fend off the attack. 

AG Peralivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was today assaulted with an iron rod inside the high security central prison here by another inmate.

Perarivalan, who has been lodged in the high security block, was attacked by another inmate Rajesh Khanna, a life convict in a murder case. "Perarivalan was attacked...with an iron rod and it was used by another convict who is also in the high security block, to assault the Rajiv case convict," a top jail official told PTI, adding he was now doing well. Police sources said the Rajiv case convict received blows from the rod on his forehead, scalp and also his arms when he tried to fend off the attack. He was taken to hospital where his wounds were sutured, dressed and treated. They said an inquiry was being held by senior prison officials. On the reason for the attack, they indicated it was related to shifting Khanna to another block. They declined to go further into it, since an inquiry was being held.

Learning about the incident, Perarivalan's mother Arputhammal visited him. Later speaking to reporters here, she wondered how her 'soft-spoken' son could have become the target of an attack. Perarivalan, also known as 'Arivu' has been in prison for over 25 years after he was convicted in the case. Political parties, including the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), have demanded that the culprits behind the incident be punished. PMK Chief Ramadoss said those behind the attack should be punished. He urged the Tamil Nadu Government to free all seven convicts on remission and in case of the legal process delaying their release, the state should give them leave. MDMK Chief Vaiko condemned the attack, saying the incident raised doubts if it was an attempt to murder Perarivalan. He demanded that the state provide him adequate security and find out the reason behind the attack. He also urged the government to release Perarivalan on parole.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur near Chennai on May 21, 1991. Seven persons - Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, were convicted in the case. Nalini's death sentence was commuted to life in 2000 following a cabinet recommendation and appeal by Rajiv's wife, Sonia Gandhi. The Supreme Court had commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan in February 2014 following delay in deciding on their mercy plea. The Tamil Nadu Government had in March this year decided to remit the sentences of all the seven convicts. However, the matter soon went to the Apex Court and is pending there, with the Centre questioning the state's powers to grant remission to them on specific grounds.

Source: (Accessed 20 December 2018) 

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