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Updated: February 13, 2013 03:58 IST

Every dawn scares me, says Perarivalan’s mother

S. Vijay Kumar
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Arputhammal, mother of
A.G. Perarivalan who is
on death row in the
Rajiv Gandhi
assassination case, in an
interview to The Hindu
in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: S. Vijay Kumar
Arputhammal, mother of A.G. Perarivalan who is on death row in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, in an interview to The Hindu in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: S. Vijay Kumar

Perarivalan’s mother confident that justice will be done

After the executions of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were carried out in secrecy, 66-year-old Arputhammal says every dawn scares her. She reiterates that her son A.G. Perarivalan is innocent and hopes that justice will be rendered. Perarivalan has been sentenced to death along with Murugan and Santhan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

“It worries me when people raise questions on the fate of convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi case. The case of my son cannot be compared with that of Ajmal Kasab or Afzal Guru. Perarivalan has spent 22 years in prison. There was uncertainty on the fate of his mercy petition for over a decade. The state should not use the law to kill an innocent man,” she said.

The execution of the three death row convicts has been stayed by the Supreme Court, which is hearing their petitions on the inordinate delay of over 11 years in the rejection of their mercy petitions by the President.

Ms. Arputhammal appealed to the Supreme Court and the Union government that in the event of the petition being dismissed, the government should communicate to her its course of action well in advance.

“Advocates tell me that appeal options still exist … We will appeal to the President to review his predecessor’s order of rejection. There are several loopholes in this case. A book written by a senior investigator in the Special Investigation Team points to certain flaws.”

After Kasab’s execution, Ms. Arputhammal met her son, who is lodged in the Vellore central prison. “It pains me so much to see him… Only a mother can understand my agony. People are talking of the noose tightening around convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi case. But my son is confident… He told me that truth will prevail and justice done. My husband is 72 years old and we want our son to be with us in our old age,” she said.

Appealing to the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of her appeal that no drastic action be taken in the event of the petition getting dismissed in the apex court, she said the family was pinning hopes on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who got a resolution passed in the Assembly urging the Centre to commute the death sentence awarded to the three convicts to life.

“This is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha. An innocent man should not be executed by the state. Both Justice K.T. Thomas and lead investigator D.R. Kaarthikeyan have spoken out against carrying out the death penalty. My son has topped the Plus Two examination in prison and he has reformed many others by involving them in education, sports and cultural activities,” she added.

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The fear of life should come before committing the mistakes. The criminals anti-nationals killers have no place in the civilized society.Even if needle is made out of gold nobody will insert it into their own eyes.Crime is a crime committed by anybody be it a Tamilian or non tamilian.The rule of the land has to respected

from:  M Rajendran
Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 at 22:54 IST

Release him immediately, 22 years sentence is already way too much for a
crime involving purchase and/or supply of a 9 volt battery. Was he
caught red handed or found to have masterminded or directly involved in
the assassination? We cant keep hanging people for buying a battery or
for stealing a bread. Why cant the TN Govt fight on behalf of its

from:  PSMayo
Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 at 10:40 IST

@Sukumar Talpady
"Even life sentence is only for 14 years."

Thats the crux of the problem.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 20:38 IST

Perarivalan has helped in buying a nine volt battery which is
commonly used in digital multi-meters.Every one who is aware of
modusrandi of the LTTE knows very well that Perarivalan can not be
aware of use of the battery in triggering a human bomb that is
designed to kill Rajiv Gandhi.If the Apex Court of India also
concludes that supplying a nine volt battery is a heinous crime,that
satisfies the criteria of "rarest of the rare case" for awarding the
death penalty , then there is something seriously wrong with the
justice in India?. Even the Apex Court appears to have been influenced
by the status of the Rajiv Gandhi.

from:  B.Krishnakumar
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 17:51 IST

Assisting a heinous murder is nothing less than crime itself. People in Tamil Nadu should stop this attitude of being a step above than rest of their counterparts in India. Enough water has already flown in this aspect. If justice is delivered on the whims and fancies of race and religion, India will go down as a banana republic. The government at the centre past and present have been the culprits in delaying the court's verdict. Its a shame to see that vote factor overrides justice in India.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 16:51 IST

It is somewhat wrong to call the tragic incident as just Rajiv G
assasination. For no fault of theirs more than a dozen people (all
"Tamilians") were also done to death. Their lives were no less important
than that of the ex-PM.

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 14:16 IST

I saw a note from Mr.Arvind. Understand what you meant. Agree with
you. But the question is whether Perarivalan is guilty or not how you
can say that. An innocent should not be punished. Afzal and Kasab are
caught red handed. Perarivalan was framed. Lot of loop holes in the
case. If 100% proven of guilty then fine, but a lot of loop holes in
the case. So if 100% not proven give the benefit to Perarivalan.
Since already 22 years he is in jail, he should be released to stay
with his old parents for rest of his life.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 13:03 IST

Tamilnadu Government is more open, more transparent, more reasonable and more compassionate than the Central Government as exemplified by its open condemnation of the Tamil genocide in the last Eelam War. Let us hope the family of Perarivalan is not deprived of the courtesies like the family of Afzal Guru. I sincerely hope Perarivalan is not executed at all if not for anything atleast for the sake of a loving mother in her old age.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 11:06 IST

Is it fair for this mother to ask for clemency for her son who has
killed the leader of the country that gave them shelter,if she and her
son can honestly answer, their truth and justice will prevail.Their
actions at home and abroad have brought shame upon all Tamil people and
our culture,all three should have been hung a long time ago for the act
that they committed on our soil,humanity and compassion has limits too..

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 10:51 IST

It is an earnest desire of a mother. Till date CBI, RAW etc have not find and submitted any proper identification that Perarivalan was involved in killing Rajiv Gandhi except he helped to buy the battery. If the Indian judiciary deciding that buying a battery is a crime, where is the justice in India?.

Still there are many questions unsolved....
Who is the beneficiary by killing Rajiv?
Kittu said clearly that We have the information that who killed Rajiv and what for? But Govt. of India killed him. why?
Who is the real culprit to kill Rajiv in Indian Security? Who are all punished or brought before the light in security forces to kill a Prime Minister?
What are the global forces involved in killing Rajiv and their motive.... There are so many......

from:  Livi
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 10:01 IST

Yes it is quite natural for Mrs.Arputhammal to be under tension about the fate of his Son Perarivalan. After seeing what has happened in the case of Afzal Guru, she is perfectly in order in demanding advance information on the execution of her Son in case his appeal is dismissed. Supreme Court may take early decision on humanitarian ground. Rajiv Killers have already completed 22 years in Jail. Even life sentence is only for 14 years.

from:  Sukumar Talpady
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013 at 08:44 IST
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