We are innocent: Rajiv Gandhi killers begin indefinite fast demanding release
Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, began a hunger strike in the Vellore prison on Saturday (February 9) demanding release of all seven convicts in the case.
Nalini Sriharan began her fast in solidarity with her husband Murugan who is on an indefinite hunger strike for the past eight days.
Nalini submitted a petition to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit expressing disappointment over the delay in making a decision to release the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Asserting that all the convicts are innocent, she said, "I humbly take leave from the earth by going on fast from February 9, Saturday morning until I attain eternal bliss. Thank You and Good Bye."
In her letter, Nalini Sriharan said the governor has not taken a decision on release of the convicts even after the state government recommended a premature release. She stated that they were forced into this situation due to delay in Governor Banwarilal Purohit's decision.
"We have been denied justice repeatedly. We yearn to come out of the prison where we have spent 28 years. We are innocent; we got caught in this case due to the circumstances. We are ready to undergo a lie detector test," she wrote referring to the proposal made by her husband Murugan to plead innocence in the case.
On September 9, the Tamil Nadu government recommended that all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case be released under Article 161 of the Constitution.
The convicts -- Nalini, Murugan (Nalini's husband), Santhan, AG Perarivalan, Robert Payas, S Jayakumar and Ravichandran -- have been in prison for over 27 years.