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Aug 29, 2011 9:09:20 AM - itnnews.lk

Three men convicted in connection with the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are to be hanged on the 9th of next month.

Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the tiger terrorists on 21st May 1991. Gandhi who was 40 years at that time was the youngest Prime Minister of India. Gandhi’s killing by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber shocked India.

An official at the prison where the three convicts are being held in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu said they will be hanged in early hours of the 9th of next month. The move comes after India’s President rejected mercy pleas from the men known as Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan. All three of the condemned men were members of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers militant group and were convicted of plotting the assassination. Murugan and Santhan are from Sri Lanka and Perarivalan is an Indian Tamil.

The death penalty is rare in India. The last execution was in 2004 when a 41-year-old former security guard was hanged for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl.