Blow the Whistle : Two Sides of Rajiv Gandhi Assassination

Is nothing but, Politics happening around the death of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi? 

The court had convicted seven people and gave judgement decades before, now the issue is raised again. Following all the news you probably well aware of- after the TN government decided to release the seven- then the court kept that decision on hold.

Here comes the two sides of the coin where a part of the country, says they should not release and the other part of the country, says they should be released. What actually behind this story is a mystery. Yet the majority of the people go biased either supporting or opposing the decision to free them. We must see both the sides!

Please read both versions here in detail and you will come to know that the case appears to be not at all solved clear and so many things are forbidden.



Here are the seven persons who stand to be released from jail and their role in the assassination:

Santhan alias T. Suthenthiraraja: A Sri Lankan national in his twenties at the time of the assassination, Santhan was allegedly a member of the intelligence wing of the LTTE and was close to the prime accused Sivarasan. He was sent to Madras to continue his studies and after coming to India, studied in the Madras Institute of Engineering Technology, where his fees were allegedly paid by the LTTE. Santhan was allegedly a crucial cog in the planning of the assassination and was one of the few conspirators who was informed early on about the fact that their target was Rajiv Gandhi. He had also met with Sivarasan on the day of the assassination and seen him off.

Nalini: The sole survivor of the suicide assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Nalini is also the wife of Murugan, another convict in the case. Nalini hosted two women who were brought from Sri Lanka to carry out the attack. They stayed with her and her husband while the plan was laid out. Nalini also accompanied the women and prime accused Sivarasan to attend the rally of the then Prime Minister VP Singh in order to assess security arrangements for such events. Nalini is also accused of having taken the two women bombers, Suba and Thanu, to a garments store to buy the clothes they wore on the day of the killing and is accused of having being informed in advance that they would be targeting Rajiv Gandhi. Nalini accompanied the team to the Sriperempudur rally of the former Prime Minister. After the blast killed Rajiv Gandhi, Thanu and another conspirator, she and Suba met with Sivarasan and fled the spot.

Murugan: Twenty one years old at the time of the incident, Murugan was a part of the LTTE in Sri Lanka and was allegedly sent to India to carry out the assassination. In a confession given to the police, Murugan admitted that he was a part of the ‘suicide squad’ and had come to India in January 1991 and even motivated Nalini to join the LTTE. He had also aided in a recce carried out before the assassination attempt in which the eventual bombers had attended a rally of the then Prime Minister VP Singh.  Following the successful assassination, Murugan went with wife Nalini to give thanks at the Tirupati temple according to investigators. He was convicted on the basis of his confessional statement which a court observed showed his role as one of the key conspirators.

AG Perarivalan: A 20-year-old at the time, Perarivalan, is the son of a Tamil poet and had been a part of the LTTE from 1989. He was involved in the sale of LTTE literature and even met LTTE chief Veluppillai Prabhakaran and other leaders of LTTE when he went to Sri Lanka. He was accused of aiding the movement of LTTE cadres into India and even preparing a sketch of the Vellore fort to free prisoners of the terror group. Perarivalan was also allegedly involved in getting equipment for the bomb used to kill Rajiv Gandhi and also carrying out a reece of VP Singh’s rally to assess security arrangements.

Robert Pious: A Sri Lankan Tamil, he is alleged to have landed with his wife and others as part of a batch of LTTE commandos in September 1990. Pious had claimed his child had died due to atrocities perpetrated by the IPKF sent to Sri Lanka due to which he wanted to seek revenge. Pious, in his confession statement, has admitted to being part of the key planners for the assassination and was convicted for his role in the conspiracy.

Jayakumar: The brother in law of Pious, Jayakumar was also sent to India by the LTTE in 1990. Jayakumar is said to have arranged for a house in Tamil Nadu where the other accused would stay and prepared the plan for the assassination.

Ravichandran: A Sri Lankan national, Ravichandran landed in India in December 1990 and was actively funded by prime accused Sivarasan while being asked to carry out various tasks. He was also reportedly given money to set up a travel agency and buy a vehicle that would be used by other LTTE cadre.

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WHAT THE CLAIMED “Mysteries of Rajiv Gandhi Assassination” says

The shortcomings in this investigation, the various strange happenings around the time of Rajiv’s murder have been grouped under few major categories.

1. The unorthodox circumstances leading to Rajiv’s appearance in the Sriperumbudur meeting pops up naturally as the first question.

a. Rajiv started his propaganda from Delhi and reached Chennai through Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Yet the question remains as to why Rajiv would agree to attend the Sriperumbudur meeting which was not at all in the agenda of Tamilnadu Congress Party?

b. While other Senior Leaders of Tamilnadu Congress like Vazhappadi Ramamurthy and G.K.Mooppanaar showed no interest in bringing Rajiv for propaganda in Sriperumbudur, what made Mrs.Maragadham Chandrasekar to travel to Delhi to invite him? Did she fall prey to a larger conspiracy, unknowingly?

2. The second was with a ‘no-show’ from Rajiv’s security guard at a time when there was a definite threat to Rajiv’s life and the so-called reporters who popped up from nowhere and disappeared to nowhere but have always kept themselves at a safe distance from Rajiv during his Sriperumbudur visit.

a. When Rajiv was making his propaganda rounds in Bhuvaneshwar and Vishakapattinam, it was his Security officer O.P.Sagar who stood guard. Why did not he turn up for Chennai?

b. Unidentified television reporters from Bulgaria accompanied Rajiv in his propaganda. Their primary job was to make video recordings of Rajiv’s propaganda. Though they participated in the initial propaganda rounds of Rajiv in Orissa and Andhra, they chose to skip all of his public meetings. Instead they stayed back in their luxury hotel with the pilot of their special flight in Vishakapattinam. What could be the purpose of their visit if they are not covering his public meetings, which is supposed to be their key job?

c. In Vizag, Rajiv had to turn back to his Circuit House due to a technical snag in his flight. Rajiv returned to the flight after receiving the news through the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Vijaya Baskara Reddy that the problem has been solved. In the midst of this mess, the two Bulgarian reporters reached the airport very late along with Rajiv’s Security Officer O.P.Sagar and consequentially missed the flight. Thus the security officer did not fly with Rajiv. What circumstances led an experienced officer like Sagar to miss the flight with Rajiv?

d. Meanwhile Rajiv reached Chennai without his security officer. The security officer who takes charge in Chennai P.C.Gupta who was waiting to receive Rajiv could not receive the Pistol from O.P.Sagar as the later did not come in that flight. As a result, Gupta traveled along with Rajiv with out the pistol.

e. After Rajiv left the Chennai Meenabakkam airport in his motorcade two so-called women journalists boarded Rajiv’s car near Ramavaram. Whether their identity was ever verified by SIT is still a question. Why they were not subjected to any kind of investigation is a bigger question.

f. Where are the Bulgarians? Who are the two foreign journalists and where did they go after the incident?

3. How Pirabaharan and LTTE were linked to this case without any acceptable evidence?

a. Except for the fact that Dhanu, Subha and Sivarasan all hail from Yalpanam(Jaffna), what made the SIT believe that they acted only on the behest of LTTE. Why they couldn’t have been hired by any other foreign power for this assassination? Why the SIT investigation around them was concluded only by linking them with LTTE and excluding any other possibility?

b. The SIT’s claim for having overheard a radio conversation between PottuAmman and Sivarasan seems to be an imaginary story built to sustain their stand. What is the proof for this claim?

c. There are many facts that can be derived by comparing Rajiv’s murder with that of Padhmanaba. While the latter’s murder was investigated by the Tamilnadu Q branch police, the SIT investigated Rajiv’s murder. Both the teams point the place of origin of the conspiracy to Yalpanam(Jaffna). While Sivarasan was a prime accused in both the cases, Pirabaharan was not an accused at all in Padhmanaba’s murder. It only leads us to a conclusion that the inclusion of Pirabahran’s name in Rajiv’s murder is not a consequence of any findings of investigation rather it seems to be truly politically motivated. The inclusion was done only with a cruel intention to add ‘life’ to this case.

d. India and especially Tamilnadu are well known vocal supporters and sympathizers of the liberation struggle of Tamils. Given this obvious fact, it will be a historical blunder to kill Rajiv in Tamilnadu and get themselves kicked out of India and face a legal ban, if ever they had such an intention. Will Pirabaharan, the leader of a liberation struggle of its stature be stupid enough to take such a decision?

e. How come an old photograph where Pirabaharan posed alongside Sivarasan is the only solid evidence to prove that Pirabaharan had a hand in this murder?

f. Even if Dhanu, Subha and Sivarasan had been with the LTTE earlier. What proves that they were associated with the LTTE at the time of assassination? Why they can’t have moved out of LTTE and acted as paid-assassins for any other Western, European or Indian mafia?

4. The most important question is with the strangest circumstances under which Congress leaders and their family members cleared all the security hurdles and lead the assassins and their aides gain such a close proximity with a former Prime Minister and the running Prime Ministerial candidate Rajiv. (In fact Dhanu was only at arm’s reach when the bomb exploded). This won’t have been possible even for long time Congress workers. This is accompanied by the unnatural silence maintained by Congress leaders about the questions lingering around the strange circumstances of the murder.

a. The two so-called women foreign journalists interviewed Rajiv in the car, but Mrs.Marakatham Chandrasekar (Senior Congress Leader of TamilNadu Congress Committee )  who accompanied Rajiv in his car declined to comment stating that she did not know anything about the discussion. Why this strange behavior was not put to any investigation?

b. Mrs.Maragadham Chandrasekar came to the venue of the Sriperumbudur Public meeting. Her daughter Latha Priyakumar came from Arakkonam along with her husband Lawyer Magendiran. Her son Lalith Chandrasekar came to the venue with his wife Vinothini. But they never revealed where they started from. Given the fact that Vinothini is the very daughter of Julius Jayewardene, why she was never interrogated? When the entire family was at the venue, why no one was ever interrogated?

c. Sivarasan’s mother and Vinothini’s father are Sinhalese. Both of them were at the murder site, why they can’t have acted on the behest of Srilankan Supremo Premadasa who has an apparent apprehension against Rajiv for having sent the IPKF to Srilanka.

d. Rajiv was intercepted on his way to the podium was interrupted for a while by Latha Kannan who read out a poem. It this timeframe, that was utilized by the assassin Dhanu to trigger the bomb. Why she was never included in the list of accused? Dhanu entered the security ring and got so close to Rajiv only using Latha Kannan. If Haribabu could be accused, why not Latha Kannan? Why should the SIT show such a blatantly kind attitude towards people who had a Congress connection?

e. Vazhappadi Ramamurthy, who accompanied Rajiv to the stage in the two street-corner meetings just preceding the Sriperumudur meeting, was too far from Rajiv in this meeting alone. Why is that?

f. Many innocent civilians and security personnel died alongside Rajiv but it is too strange to observe that not even a single Congress worker died or even had a minor injury in this incident?

g. It was considered that Latha Priyakumar brought Dhanu, Subha and Sivarasan to Sriperumbudur. More importantly Latha Priyakumar(Daughter of Maragadham Chandrasekar) brought them to the Women’s section and asked Latha Kannan to help them. Why she was never interrogated as to the purpose of letting them have access to former PM?

h. Renganathan testified that he rented the house out to Sivarasan only at the instance of Margaret Alwa. How was she related to Sivarasan? Was the validity of this claim ever verified by SIT?

5. Based on various statements by notable leaders, evidences and prevalent circumstances there are many possible conspirators. It is very strange that the Congress who should have had the biggest interest in uncovering this conspiracy never questioned the SIT for not considering those more probable alternatives?

a. Chandraswamy, Subramania Swamy (both accused by the Jain commission) and arms dealer Kasoki were all possible candidates for interrogation. Was any investigation done considering them?

b. During the Gulf war, India under leadership of Mr.Chandrasekar supplied fuel to the American fighter crafts. Rajiv heavily criticized this and there is every reason for America to be angry at Rajiv. Why there is no investigation done considering the possibility of a CIA hand behind the assassination?

c. Before being killed, Rajiv told that the CIA is responsible for the assassination of then Pakistani Prime Minister Zia-Ul-Huq. What forced him make such a statement? Did he suspect a similar attempt at his life as well by CIA?

d. In the aftermath during July 1991 the then Home Minister S.P.Chavan opined that there are other foreign groups and powers which are behind Rajiv’s assassination. Was any investigation done to assess the reason behind the Home Minister’s statement?

e. CIA, notorious for its interest in the departures of many of the third world leaders was never considered a possible conspirator. Why was that?

f. The leader of Palestinian liberation struggle Mr. Yasar Arafat warned the then PM Mr.Chandrasekar that there is a threat to Rajiv’s life. What was the source of this warning? Was there any investigation done in that direction? Considering the fact that the possibility of Mr.Yasar Arafat receiving any intelligence is possible only if the conspiracy was hatched in the Middle East or the Western Europe, did the SIT investigate such a possibility?

g. If there is one thing that the Srilankan government would share with the LTTE, it is the hatred towards Rajiv for messing up their lives in Srilanka by sending the IPKF. Considering this fact, the opposition lawyer Chandrasekar challenged the SIT that his party would accept all the claims against them if the SIT could prove that Vinothini and her family are innocent and they did not have anything to do in the murder. The SIT safely chose to skip this very important challenge from opposition and hence no one from that family was ever interrogated

h. The Srilankan government would have obviously been threatened by Rajiv’s statement that IPKF will make another visit to Srilanka if he came back to power. Why the possibility that they had an interest in his death, was never considered?

i. Premadasa was popularly blamed for the assassination of many of the political leaders of his time including Kamini Thissanayaka, Adhulath Mudhali and Vikrama Singhe. Why there was no investigation done considering this possibility?

j. Politicians with vested interest or even his party leaders who may find him as a hurdle in their political career could have used assassins to execute Rajiv out of political enmity. Why this angle was never considered?

k. Rajiv as a Prime Minister had close links with so many international weapon dealers. Why they couldn’t have had a hand in this assassination?

We don’t need reputed agencies like the CBI or SIT to conduct the investigation if the end result is only to file a report blaming a few individuals without considering any of the obvious possibilities.

Though we all agree that “not every question turns out to be a fact” But if these strong suspicious circumstances are not investigated there is every chance that the real conspirators protected by powerful groups get away easily. Those real culprits who go uncaught will turn out to be a true threat to the safety of the leaders of this nation.

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  1. Why the Government / Congress / Court is not open to re-investigate on those rightful speculations by the supporters of the release of the seven?
  2. Why these many claims by supporters of their freedom has not come out till this issue of freeing them raised?
  3. What is the REAL truth behind the assassination?

Will we people always be kept in a blind spot? Mystery continues…

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Aathirai, one of the accused in the Rajiv case, moved a petition before the  stating that she wanted to disclose more information about Sivarasan on 25 September 1992. Her petition reads as follows:
“When I was in Jaffna, I met one Sivarasan who had left the  movement and was frequenting India. I sought his help to go to Germany from India. On arrival at Madras, Sivarasan told me he has been engaged by some  leader to do a certain job and offered a large amount and a job in a foreign country. He asked me to join him in the execution of the job. But I refused. He later confided that one Mr Kalyanaraman, manager at AICC headquarters, had entrusted him with the execution of the job and informed me that Rajiv would visit Madras on 21 May and would stay at Sriperumbudur. On 22 May, Sivarasan told me he had executed the job with Dhanu’s help. He told me to go to Delhi and said Kalyanaraman would help me get a passport to go to Germany.”
But nobody took notice of her petition and the  never verified whether her statements were true.’
In an interview to Tehelka by Mr.S DORAISAMY – Practising at the Madras High Court since 1970. He was defense counsel for Nalini, who was given death sentence, later commuted to life, in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. 
Rajiv Gandhi Assassination – Unanswered questions & unresolved puzzles
At a time when a great nation of a billion people is lead to believe that it has laid its hand on Rajiv’s murderers, we, as dutiful citizens of this country are heavily disturbed by the sheer negligence shown by all sections of the society in trying to understand the highly biased nature and the consequential intricacies of the trial carried on by CBI’s Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Winding the clocks back a little to 1990s and starting our reasoning process from the key deliberations of the opposition arguments in this case that ran for over 50 days, we attempt to portray some of the most shocking and revealing facts that were carefully hidden from the public attention until this very day.
In the hearings starting from the year 1993, this case ran for 50 months with 288 witnesses, 3000 documents from the Public prosecutor and 1000 documents supporting the opposition were presented in the court. The opposition arguments were delivered with a heavy presence of the officers from the Special Investigation Team and the Public prosecutors while the Tamilnadu Police stood guard for the proceedings but all through the investigation a completely secrecy was maintained.
Many of the questions raised during the opposition’s arguments remained unanswered. The way in which the investigation was done by the SIT leads to a suspicion that the investigation has been carefully mended to appease those in power.
Rajiv’s death  is the clear symptom of the deeper plans from the international powers which try to dominate the polity of India. That is precisely why these shocking events and the shortcomings in the investigation are very important and need to be analyzed.
The opposition arguments in this case were initiated by senior lawyer Mr. Duraisamy. He, in his initial argument, reportedly blew up all the ‘cooked up stories’ of the SIT before an intently listening court room. In a similar fashion, Mr. Ramadass in his 11 day opposition argument, brought to light many of the ‘made up stories’ in the SIT’s investigation report.
However the climax of the opposition argument came from the harsh elicitations from Mr. Chandrasekar. He, with highly convincing evidences and with a fully emotional flow of statements, blamed the SIT for having cooked the report to fit their preconceived ideas and notions. He went on even to challenge the SIT that, “If the SIT can prove the evidences against my questions, all my accused party men will accept all the claims made against them”. Thus the 50 day opposition argument has raised so many questions, most of the unanswered till date.

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