Murugan alias Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who has been in jail for the past 26 years, has begun a fast to death .He has stopped taking food from Friday.
A senior official in the Vellore prison for men has said Murugan, a Sri Lankan citizen, has said in a petition that he wants to “attain unification with God by giving up food”.
Murugan, aged 46, has petitioned the Additional Director General of Police, Prisons Department, regarding his decision to go on fast unto death.
The official has advised him to await the Supreme Court order on premature release.
Murugan, along with his Indian wife Nalini were among the first to be arrested after LTTE human bomb Dhanu killed Rajiv Gandhi at Siruperumpudur on May 21, 1991. Since then, they have been in jail without parole.
Their daughter Athira, born in prison, is now getting married. She was brought up by her paternal grandmother in Europe.
Nalini has petitioned the Madras High Court seeking parole to attend her daughter’s wedding.
Nalini and Murugan, along with Perarivalan (Indian) and Shanthan( Sri Lankan) were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court. Nalini’s death sentence was commuted on intervention by Sonia Gandhi on the groundthat she was then carrying Athira and if the parents were executed, the girl would be orphaned.
The death sentence of others was commuted to life by the Supreme Court on account of inordinate delay in carrying out the death sentence.
Perarivalan, who allegedly brought a nine volt battery to activate a fabricated belt bomb and which was used by Dhanu, has since moved the Supreme Court. The court has directed the CBI’s Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Committee, tasked to go into larger conspiracy, if any, behind the assassination to find out who fabricated the belt bomb.
Robert Pais, a Sri Lankan national who is also serving a life term, wrote to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy in June, pleading for mercy killing, saying he sees no purpose in life, more so as his relatives have stopped visiting him.