Victims' families mull action to 'halt' release

Sulking over the government decision to set free seven convicts, the family members of victims who were killed along with Rajiv Gandhi in the suicide bomb attack are “exploring avenues” to “halt” their release.

“They say the convicts are Tamils. Are not we, the families of victims and the victims, Tamils?” ‘League’ M Mohan son of ‘League’ Munusamy, a Congress functionary who was killed alongside Rajiv Gandhi said, adding that this would set a dangerous precedent.
“We the families of victims are in touch. We are seeing if something could be done to halt the release,” he said.

Javed Iqbal, who lost his father when he was 18 years old in 1991 wanted to know “how the ends of justice would be met” if they do not undergo punishment. His father, TKS Mohammed Iqbal, had, in his capacity as Kancheepuram District Superintendent of Police, escorted Rajiv Gandhi to Sriperumbudur.

Javed recalls how he could not pursue higher studies after the death of his father.
“Life became painful without him. I and my family struggled a lot without the love and support of my father,” he said.

Wondering why for the past 23 years no one bothered to visit the families of victims and see if the they were “alive or dead”, he questioned the intention of rights activists in regularly calling on Nalini and other convicts alone.

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