Speakers at a rally here on Wednesday demanded the immediate release of the three convicts, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, sentenced to death in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The convicts have filed petitions in the Supreme Court, seeking commutation of their death sentence to life on grounds of a long delay in a decision on their mercy plea. Their mercy petitions were rejected in 2011 by then President Pratibha Patil, after the Supreme Court confirmed their death sentences in 2000.
Around 1,000 activists of the Tamizhaga Siraiyalargal Viduthalaikana Kootiyakkam, a federation of around 14 outfits, gathered near Kannagi Statue on Marina Beach and marched towards Dr Ambedkar Bridge in Mylapore. Shouting slogans seeking release of the three convicts, the protesters were addressed by several speakers, including Arivu’s mother Arpudhammal.