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Indian Court Frees Ex-PM Rajiv Ghandi Killers after 31 Years of Imprisonment

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Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
FILE: In this photograph taken on May 20, 1991, National Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi casts his ballot at a polling station in New Delhi for the first round of the general elections. Photo: STEFAN ELLIS/AFP

NEW DELHI, India – India’s top court on Friday ordered the release of at least six people convicted of assassinating the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, according to reports, after languishing in the prison for roughly 31 years.

The Supreme Court released Nalini Sriharan, the only woman convicted in the case, and five men, according to Anand Landge, the lawyer for the petitioners, as CNN reported.

They were arrested a few weeks after Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack on May 21, 1991, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

According to Supreme Court of India, the killing was carried out due to personal animosity of the LTTE chief Prabhakaran towards Rajiv Gandhi arising from his sending the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka and the alleged IPKF atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils.

Rajiv Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the sixth prime minister of India from 1984 to 1989.

He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime minister at the age of 40.

Known as the “unwilling” prime minister who never wanted the job, Gandhi became India’s youngest leader at the age of 40 after his mother and former prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was shot dead by her bodyguards, as CNN wrote.

But he served less than a decade, losing the 1989 general election following a corruption scandal, and was assassinated two years later.

During his tenure, he signed peace accords with insurgent groups in states where religious tensions were high, and is credited for developing India’s science and technology sectors, giving him the moniker “Father of Information and Technology.”

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