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Congress workers protest against release of Perarivalan

Congress workers staging a demonstration in Salem on Thursday.

Congress workers staging a demonstration in Salem on Thursday.

Members of Indian National Congress led by former Minister K.V. Thangkabalu staged a silent protest in front of the Collectorate here on Thursday condemning the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Perarivalan.

Mr. Thangkabalu along with Deputy Mayor M. Saradha Devi and senior party leaders protested by covering their mouths with white clothes. The protesters held placards condemning violence and killings on the basis of difference of opinion. The protesters said that democracy must be saved and the person pardoned by court, Perarivalan is a convict in the case.

Talking to presspersons, Mr.Thangkabalu condemned the release of Perarivalan and said that Congress leaders are in a shock hearing the news of the release. He added that the party does not wish to comment on Supreme Court’s judgment. However, the court has released somebody who was found guilty by the Supreme Court itself, he said.

Mr. Thangkabalu questioned if this is the situation in the case of a former Prime Minister, what security would India’s judiciary and governments provide for ordinary public. He said that none would be safe in this country hereafter, including the Prime Minister and the President and added that India should continue to be a democratic, independent country. Mr.Thangkabalu said that the trust the people had on the judiciary has been shattered after this judgment.

Congress workers staging a protest in Krishnagiri.

Congress workers staging a protest in Krishnagiri. | Photo Credit: N. BASHKARAN

Special Correspondent adds: In Krishnagiri, Congress workers staged a ‘silent’ demonstration in protest against the release of Perarivalan. The protesters bearing a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi carried banners with messages that ‘murder cannot be a solution to political disagreements’ among others.

In a token protest, the Congress workers tied their mouths with white cloth symbolically marking their objection to the Supreme Court invoking its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to release Perarivalan.

Dharmapuri DCC president resigns

In a related incident, president of Dharmapuri District Congress Committee (DCC) K. Chitrarasu sent in his resignation from his post to the State Congress president K.S. Alagiri.

According to the resignation letter, Mr. Chitrarasu has claimed that he was resigning over his inability to reconcile with the continued alliance with those who celebrate the release of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict.


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