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Release the prisoners!
British Tamils Forum appeals to the President of India to reconsider the decision to reject the mercy plea of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan, the three accused of conspiring to assassinate former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The accused have languished in solitary confinement for the past twenty years living in prolonged anxiety with the fear of being executed at any time. The Supreme Court of India has itself commuted death sentences in a number of cases due to prolonged delay in deciding mercy petitions.
BTF, kindly requests the Government of India, to commute their death sentence, on humanitarian grounds, in accordance with the non-violent traditions of India.
Most countries around the world which have a much shorter history of civilisation than India have abolished capital punishment, as they recognise the act as primitive and barbaric.
As an emerging world leader we are hopeful that India would repeal the death penalty as it goes against her commitment to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.