Police awaiting official word on execution
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 18:14
Chennai: With President Pratibha Patil rejecting the clemency petitions of three of Rajiv Gandhi's killers, police are awaiting the Tamil Nadu Governor's order for their execution, a top official said.

"We are waiting for the order from the governor...that is the procedure. Once we receive the order, we will prepare for the execution. It will be carried out in Vellore," Assistant DGP (Prisons) S K Dogra said.

Usually, it will be on the seventh day after receiving the order but it should not be on a Sunday, Dogra said.

The Supreme Court had sentenced members of the banned LTTE -- Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini to death -- in 1999 for the assassination of the former prime minister in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.

The apex court had confirmed the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan while commuting Nalini's sentence to life imprisonment.

The clemency petitions of all three accused were turned down by the President recently.

"We are going to appeal again in the court," the trio's advocate Pugazhendhi said. However, he did not elaborate on what grounds they were going to appeal.

Meanwhile, MDMK chief Vaiko, who visited the three prisoners in Vellore today, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa should take it up with the Centre to save them, since they were "not involved in what had happened in Sriperumbudur".


First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 18:14

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