LTTE Issues Statement on Rajiv Gandhi’s Murder, Denies Charge of Assassinating Former PM
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber, during an election rally in Sriperumpudur in May 1991. File Photo (Twitter/INC)

New Delhi, December 2: With the demand for the release of seven convicts of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case gaining momentum, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) allegedly issued a statement saying the militant organisation did not assassinate Rajiv Gandhi.

In the statement, LTTE had allegedly claimed that they didn't have anything to do with former PM Rajiv Gandhi's assassination and had no intentions of conspiring or attacking India. Taking the veracity of the statement, the Tamil Nadu intelligence officials are probing the matter. Know Name and Everything About 7 Convicts of Rajiv Gandhi's Assassination! Congress Condemns AIADMK's Recommendation To Release Murderers

The statement blamed the Sri Lankan government for conspiring with the LTTE. It said, as reported by Times Now, “Sri Lankan government along with other countries conspired against and linked us to Rajiv's assassination.” Earlier too, LTTE chief Prabhakaran had claimed that Rajiv’s killing was a tragedy and had opined that after Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi maintained secret relations with the LTTE.

The alleged statement – dated 1-12-2018 – was released on LTTE's letter pad and signed by the group's political wing representative Kuruburan Guruswamy and legal wing representative Lathan Chandralingam. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur in May 1991.

Demanding the release of seven suicide bombers – T Suthendraraja, V. Sriharan, Robert Payas, AG Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Nalini and P Ravichandaran – Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended that these people have already served 27 years in jail. The recommendation was made to the Governor Banwarilal Purohit under Article 161 of the Constitution.