Nalini Sriharan, convict in the assassination case of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, attempted suicide on Monday night, said her lawyer. Nalini has been lodged in prison for the past 29 years. Nalini is lodged at the Vellore women’s prison and has been in jail for last 29 years. She has now allegedly attempted suicide, according to her lawyer Pugalenthi.
Elaborating on the incident, Pugalenthi said that there was allegedly a quarrel between Nalini and another life convict. The other inmate escalated the issue to the jailer and following that Nalini attempted suicide, said the lawyer. Pugalenthi insisted that Nalini has never done anything of this sort earlier and hence “we want to know the real reason”.
Pugalenthi further said that Nalini’s husband Murugan, who is also in prison for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, through a prison call to the lawyer has requested that Nalini be shifted from the Vellore prison to the Puzhal prison. The lawyer added that a legal request for the same will be made soon.
Seven people, including Nalini and her husband, were convicted by a special TADA court for their role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally at nearby Sriperumbudur. They were sentenced to death, but later it was commuted to life imprisonment.