VELLORE: Around 70 Naam Tamilar Katchi and Social Democratic Party of India cadre were arrested after they tried to lay siege to the Vellore Prison for Men demanding the release of the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi and other inmates who have been in prison for more than 10 years. Protesters were held at a private marriage hall and released later in the evening.
“We want the Central government to take steps to reduce the term for life-imprisonment from 14 years to 10 years and to release those inmates who have already served 10 years in prison,” said a protester.
Around 11.30am, cadre of both the parties raised slogans and marched toward the prison demanding the release of Perarivalan, Santhan, Murugan and others who were convicted in the former PM’s assassination.
The protesters further demanded that the special camp for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, where hundreds of refugees are being detained, be dismantled as the cadre claim that police personnel are torturing the Lankan Tamil refugees. They demanded that the refugees be rehabilitated and resettled with their respective family members.