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Three to hang on Sept. 9 for Rajiv murder

Perarivalanís father threatens death fast

The father of Perarivalan, one of the three convicts to be hanged at the Valore jail in Chennai on September 9, has warned that he along with his family will launch a fast unto death if his son was hanged in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Jail authorities yesterday personally intimated to the three condemned men Perarivalan, an Indian national and Murugan and Santhan two Sri Lankan LTTE activists that the death sentence would be carried out at the Valore jail in the early hours of September 9.
The decision to hang the three was made after their final appeal to the Indian Governor Pratibha Pateel was turned down. The three have spent 21 years in jail since the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sri Perambadur in 1991 by a female suicide bomber.
Meanwhile three female law students have already started a fast unto death demanding that the death sentence be spared. Several Tamil Nadu based political parties also requested the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyalalitha Jeyaram to intervene to stop the death sentence being carried out. Former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi called on the central government to stop carrying out the death sentence.
However jail authorities said that they are going ahead with preparations to hang the three men. It was 14 years ago that a death sentence was carried out at the Valore jail, authorities said. (SS)