While the Supreme Court verdict on the assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been welcomed in the State, the families of the victims who were killed in the bomb blast along with the former Prime Minister are an upset lot. Having lost a family member to the blast, they are unable to digest the fact that even the convicts have the prospects of getting released, if the government grants them premature release.
“The 16 innocent people were also killed in the blast and the leaders who say they fight for the cause of Tamils don’t acknowledge that all these 16 were also Tamils. Nobody is raising their voice for families like us who had lost loved ones to this planned assassination,” said League M Mohan, son of former Congress functionary and freedomfighter ‘League Munusamy’ who was killed in the blast.
He says that family members of the blast victims would soon meet and explore the possibilities of going in for an appeal against the Supreme Court verdict.
“They say that these three persons had already been in jail for 23 years and have undergone the punishment. What about the victims? Nobody cares about them and all these years no leader has even bothered to visit our families. After hearing the news on the television, my mother has still not stopped crying. These leaders don’t understand the emotional loss we faced after we lost our family’s breadwinner. If they are going to walk away free, I wonder why my father died?” said Javid Iqbal, son of former Kancheepuram district SP T K S Mohammed Iqbal who was killed in the blast.
Meanwhile, Arputhammal, Perarivalan’s mother, dedicated the commutation of the death penalty awarded to her son to Senkodi, the volunteer of Kancheepuram-based Makkal Mandram who self-immolated in front of the Tahsil office in 2011.
Thanking Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam for the commutation of the death sentence, Arputhammal said the State was now at the forefront in its fight against abolition of death penalty.