Governor Banwarilal Purohit, to whom the State Cabinet has recommended the release of all the seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has acceded to the request that he decide on the recommendation after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on a petition challenging their release, families of those killed in the blast have claimedThe Raj Bhavan, in an official communication earlier, had stated that the Governor would take a just and fair decision on the issue.
The families of some of those who died along with the former Prime Minister at Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991, met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday, a few days after Arputhammal, mother of A.G. Perarivalan, one of the convicts, met him.
The families handed over a representation against their release and urged him to decide on the matter only after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the plea that they had filed against the release of the convicts in the case.
Speaking to reporters outside the Raj Bhavan, S. Abbas, who lost his mother in the incident, said: “The Governor received our representation. We filed a plea in the Supreme Court in 2011. Since the plea is pending, we requested the Governor to decide only after the apex court decides on it. The Governor also assured us that he would decide only after the Supreme Court judgment.”‘Pain lingers on’
John Joseph, son of Edward Joseph, who died in the blast, said: “He [Edward Joseph] died when he was 39 years. My mother was hospitalised. My sister-in-law struggled a lot. I was so angry. We could not even get his body.” Another woman, who suffered severe injuries in the incident, said: “If only the death sentence was executed, we would have believed there is justice. Now, I can’t use my forelimbs. My legs are affected. There are hundreds of pellets in my chest and eyes. The pain lingers all through my life.”
Dharman, a young man who lost his father, said “They have to answer for every drop of blood. You need to think of us also. We will fight to our death.”