We did not assassinate Rajiv Gandhi, claims LTTE


NEW DELHI: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has claimed in a statement, they don’t have any link in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 

The letter from LTTE has signed by their Political Wing representative Kurburan Guruswami and Legal Wing representative Lathan Chandralingam.

LTTE, in its alleged statement, said that they have demonstrated with evidence in support that the LTTE has not been involved in any kind with the murder of Rajiv Gandhi, this unverified allegation is still being imposed.

"Due to this defamation campaign, our people are being pushed into instability. Some others even go too far as to assert that 'the lives of the 1,50 000 people killed in Mullivaikaal do not worth altogether to the single life of Rajiv Gandhi'. This declaration is hurting," the alleged statement said

“We never intended to demolish the leadership of India nor attack India. We never turned our guns toward any person or leader who was not part of Sri Lanka. We never planned any attack against any non-Sri Lankan leader. We never developed any action against any national leader of India," the statement added.

“The pre-planned murder of Rajiv Gandhi is the result of a conspiracy motivated by the purpose of dismantling the strong relationship between the Indian government and the LTTE”, the statement claimed

"We ask for an immediate cessation of this allegation of defamation upon the LTTE concerning the murder of Rajiv Gandhi. As a result, we hope to put an end to the infamy on the LTTE on an international platform and that the International Community would at last end the ban on the LTTE that prevents our People to breathe the air of freedom," LTTE added.

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40

The assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi occurred as a result of a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu on 21 May 1991 and at least 14 others were also killed in the massive blasting.

 With inputs from ANI


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