Will Get My Son Married after Release, Says Ravi's Mother
Rajeshwari, who has been fighting a lone battle for the release of her son P Ravichandran, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is exhilarated after she learned about Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passing a resolution in the Assembly to release all seven convicts on Wednesday.
Rajeshwari of Meenambigai Nagar at Aruppukottai Taluk in Virudhunagar district, had filed mercy petitions to the President of India and the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court seeking his release.
“I’m very happy to hear that my son is getting released from prison after 23 years. I thank Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for passing the resolution in the Assembly for the release of seven convicts, including my son, immediately after the Supreme Court commuting the death sentences for three convicts,” said Rajeshwari.
She also thanked the social activists and local people who had supported her all along in her battle for the release of her son.
Rajeshwari said that after completing the 12th standard 17-year-old Ravichandran had been missing. The family had searched him for nearly four years, but in vain. Later on, they learned that he was arrested in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Ravichandran was 21-years-old at the time of the arrest.
His father Poiyali, a retired officer of the State Agriculture department, was in deep grief and fell ill after he learned about his son’s arrest. “We met him a few times in the prison,” she said. When Poiyali’s health had deteriorated, Ravichandran visited his father on parole on four occasions. His last visit to home was for his father’s funeral 10 years ago, said Rajeshwari. “There were several restrictions for Ravichandran when he had come to perform the last rites as the police never left him alone,” said Rajeshwari.
Since her husband’s demise, Rajeshwari has been living alone always thinking about the future of Ravichandran. She has a younger son who lives separately in Madurai, and wants both of them to lead a happy life.
Ravichandran had been shifted to the Madurai Central Prison from the Vellore Central Prison four years ago. Since then Rajeshwari has often met him and consoled him that he would soon be released from the prison. “Ravichandran is now 44-years-old. After his release, I’m taking him to the ancestral deity temple to fulfill vows, and will also get my son married,” she said.