Rajiv assassination convict Nalini ends indefinite fast
NEW DELHI: Nalini Sriharan, serving a life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, on Wednesday ended her two-day long indefinite fast at Vellore prison. She has been demanding her premature release.

Nalini broke her fast this morning after the prison officials prevailed upon her to do so and assured her that her plea would be considered as per law, jail authorities said.

Nalini Murugan alias Sriharan had filed a revised petition before the Madras High Court seeking her premature release. The court had ordered the government to constitute a new advisory committee to consider her release.

However, the committee has not yet been formed and in turn Nalini decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike.

She had also sought release saying that she had spent 18 years more than the mandatory maximum 14 years in jail.

Nalini had accompanied the suicide bomber squad to the election rally where Rajiv Gandhi was killed in May 1991.

Three other convicts sentenced to death in the same case had appealed for release on the ground that they had waited for years for the hangman - a condition worse than capital punishment. Further, they said they had also completed the life imprisonment period.

Nalini, her husband and former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) guerrilla Murugan and two other rebels were sentenced to death for their role in the killing of Gandhi.

The Madras High Court had upheld Nalini‚Äôs plea for clemency on a technicality ground and on the basis of an earlier ruling of the Supreme Court, which said that both the parents of a child should not be put to death. She bore a child after being arrested and while facing the trial. (Times of India) 

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