Rajiv Gandhi assassin seeks mercy killing

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Robert Pious, one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has appealed for euthanasia, the Indian Express reported yesterday.

Pious, who is serving life imprisonment in the case, on Wednesday has submitted a letter to the Puzhal prison authorities seeking permission to end his life.

In a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami, he said he should be killed on grounds of mercy and his body should be handed over to his family.

Lamenting the long years served in jail, Pious added that without the hope of release, the jail sentence has become an endless, hapless journey.

Only in the case of Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse who filed a mercy killing plea after remaining in a vegetative state for 42 years as a result of sexual assault, the apex court allowed removal of her life support system.

The exception was laid down solely because the patient was in a permanent vegetative state for a long period.

Even in countries where euthanasia is legal, it is granted only to terminally ill patients.

In 1998, Pious was sentenced to life after being found guilty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Pious, a member of the LTTE commando team, had confessed being one of key conspirators in the killing of Gandhi.

Pious had claimed that he joined the LTTE to seek revenge for the death of his child when Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in Sri Lanka by Rajiv Gandhi to maintain peace between the LTTE and the Sri-Lankans.

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  • Karumakkaraya Friday, 23 June 2017 06:02 PM

    It is not fair for him have to mercy killing now. The Karma that he did should fully applied to his life in full force and he should finally die in a same cruel manner as his victim died and born again to repeat the cycle. This is not my wish but this is the natural law, and the Karma he carries with his soul.

    gamini Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:44 AM

    just like your MR did to KP

    ravin Friday, 23 June 2017 04:31 PM

    This should never allowed. Let him to suffer for his misdoing for the rest of his life in jail with out any presidential pardon.

    mohandev Friday, 23 June 2017 04:40 PM

    Just send him to SL, our yamapalana boys will give him a rousing heroes welcome


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