A look back at Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Rare images from the past

Published: 21st May 2018 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2018 10:10 AM  

15/08/1989 - NEW DELHI : Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the 42nd anniversary of Independence - Express Photo]
Rajiv Gandhi, India's 6th Prime Minister was assassinated on 21 May 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. An LTTE activist named Thenmozhi Rajaratnam detonated an RDX laden suicide belt while greeting Gandhi at a function. Here is a look back at the truamatic incident. (Express Photo)
5/2/2009 - COLOMBO: A group of Sri Lankan people listen to military personnel give a talk on   heavy artillery guns on public display at a state exhibition in Colombo - AFP Photo.
Civil war was raging in Sri Lanka and on 05 June 1987, India, with Operation Poomalai intervened. On 29 July 1987, Sri Lanka, the extremist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam entered into an agreement brokered by India. | AFP
The IPKF contingent which sailed off for home from Trincomalee on 29 November 89, arrived on board M V Akbar | Express photo
The IPKF contingent which sailed off for home from Trincomalee on 29 November 89, arrives on board M V Akbar. | Express photo
A Sri Lankan sailor attempt to hit Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with his rifle butt during his   visit to Colombo - Express Photo.
The move was seen suspicious by both the Sinhalese as well the LTTE, which came to light when a Sri Lankan naval officer named Vijitha Rahana tried to assault Rajiv Gandhi while he was visiting Columbo on 30 July 1987. | Express Photo
Though the Indian Peace Keeping Force was not intended to get involved in major operations, it ended up fighting large scale military battles against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The move was to tackle LTTE’s dream of a sovereign Tamil Eelam, which was a threat to India's 'unity, national interest and territorial integrity'. In image: Rajiv Gandhi with Panrutti Ramachandran having talks with LTTE Supreme Prabakaran | PTI
Prabhakaran (2nd from right) is seen along with other LTTE leaders in Jaffna after they announced a surrender of arms to the Indian Army under a peace accord | PTI/AP
The VP Singh's National Front government, which came to power in 1989 was shortlived and the LTTE feard the comeback of Rajiv Gandhi. In image: Former Prime Ministers V P Singh and Rajiv Gandhi. | Express Photo
In 1990, the LTTE, under Veluppillai Prabhakaran reportedly summoned four of his trusted lieutenents to physically eliminate the Indian Prime Minister. The decision was taken in Jaffna, after a discussion on the re-induction of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) and crackdown of LTTE in Sri Lanka. In image: Veluppillai Prabhakaran | Express Photo
Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, Assassinated at Sriperumbathur | Express Photo
Human Bomb Dhanu, Nalini spotted at the event in which PM Rajiv Gandhi would assisinated. | Express Photo
On May 17 it was reported that Rajiv Gandhi will come to Tamil Nadu for an election campaign. He appeared at the Sriperumbudur temple ground where he was greeted by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam, who, while trying to touch Gandhi's feet, activated a bomb wrapped around her body. Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, Assassinated at Sriperumbathur | Express Photo
Body of Sivarasan, prime suspect in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, after he commited suicide by shooting himself oin the outskirts of Bangalore city | PTI Photo
Hide out of the Rajiv Gandhi murdered accussed | Express Photo
A G Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is seen. | Express Photo
Nalini, the accused of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination. | Express Photo
Seventy Year old Anandraj, a DK Activist, in whose house at Anna Nagar in Naavalpattu the LTTE hardcore militant Santhan commited suicide by consuming Cyanide. | Express Photo
In this 08 June 2015 photo, Perarivalan, one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, being brought to the RGGGH for a master health check up | Express Photo by P Jawahar
The final moments of Gandhi and the event was captured by Hariababu, a photographer present at the event. He was killed in the blast but his camera, which contained the fateful moments in film, proved to be a crucial evidence. | Express Photo
Rajiv Gandhi, India's 6th Prime Minister was assassinated on 21 May 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. An LTTE activist named Thenmozhi Rajaratnam detonated an RDX laden suicide belt while greeting Gandhi at a function. Here is a look bakc at the truamatic incident.
Samdani Begam with Rajiv Gandhi moments before the assasination at Sriperumbudur during 1991 near here. Girl Dhanu adorning jasmine flower is the belt bomber who killed Rajiv Gandhi in the Explosion | Express Photo
Seven pilliars, each featuring a human value surrounds the site of the blast, at the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. (Photo | CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia)
Seven pilliars, each featuring a human value surrounds the site of the blast, at the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. (Photo | CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia)
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