Eager to see son back home: Arputhammal

Arputhammal, mother of A.G. Perarivalan, one of the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, can’t wait to see her son back home.

The septuagenarian has been battling for over two decades to get her son freed.

News of the Supreme Court asking the Tamil Nadu Governor to consider Perarivalan’s petition for release came when she was trying to get him shifted from Vellore to Puzhal prison in Chennai.

“I am eagerly waiting to see my son back home. He is presently in Puzhal Central Prison for some treatment. I have also shifted to Chennai for treatment of diabetes and other age-related problems,” she said.

“I have petitioned the prison authorities to arrange for keeping my son in Puzhal prison permanently since the medical facilities are better here for both of us,” she added.

Ms. Arputhammal thanked the Supreme Court for the order that came as a huge relief for the families of all the seven convicts.

“My son was arrested at the age of 19 years and he is 47 now…all his prime years were spent within the four walls of the prison. I also want to thank former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who passed a resolution in the Assembly for the release of my son and other convicts. We have decided to meet Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in a day or two for help with an early release,” she said.

On the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Ms. Arputhammal said he should not have been killed. “We are all ardent followers of
Thanthai
Periyar and strongly believe in non-violence,” she said.

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