Mys­tery Un­rav­elled

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IN­DIA TO­DAY’S cover story, “Diary of an As­sas­sin” (March 10) un­rav­els, bit by bit, the plot to kill Ra­jiv Gandhi. The fact that the dreaded LTTE had a Plan B in place, in case they could not elim­i­nate Ra­jiv in Sripe­rum­budur, proves that noth­ing was left to chance. At the same time, the ap­par­ent ease with which the con­spir­a­tors were able to put all the lo­gis­tics in place prior to the strike raises se­ri­ous ques­tions about the alert­ness of our in­tel­li­gence agencies. It’s ex­tremely iron­i­cal that the rag-tag bunch fight­ing for the cause of the Tamils in Sri Lanka re­ceived their first lessons in tac­ti­cal war­fare from RAW. It was like his­tory re­peat­ing it­self many times over, where ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions even­tu­ally turn against the very states which had nur­tured them for their own po­lit­i­cal con­ve­nience. MANJU PANT, via email

LTTE, once a weapon of In­dia against Sri Lanka, boo- meranged, killing an able son of the coun­try and a vi­sion­ary of 21st century, Ra­jiv Gandhi. What is as­tound­ing to­day is how is­sues in­volv­ing ter­ror­ists are be­ing used as a lever­age to con­sol­i­date votes by brazen politi­cians. Cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment is a must for ter­ror­ists. Pun­ish­ment may not be a de­ter­rent in these cases but it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the sys­tem to elim­i­nate ‘mon­sters’ dis­guised as hu­mans in or­der to make the world suit­able enough to live in. Are the courts and the Govern­ment im­per­vi­ous to the agony of the vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers? INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi

At a time when po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Tamil Nadu are clam­our­ing for the re­lease of Ra­jiv Gandhi’s killers, the ques­tion is not whether there should be death for the ac­cused but rather about the life and sur­vival of jus­tice. Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team’s D.R. Karthikeyan had summed up Ra­jiv Gandhi’s grue­some killing suc­cinctly, call­ing it “cun­ning in con­cep­tion,

metic­u­lous in plan­ning and ruth­less in ex­e­cu­tion”. It is un­for­tu­nate that lead­ers in Tamil Nadu, in­stead of mould­ing pub­lic opin­ion in favour of jus­tice for the na­tion, are favour­ing the as­sas­sins. KANAK NAM­BIAR, Navi Mum­bai

Your cover story was a timely eye-opener for the In­di­ans who had for­got­ten Ra­jiv Gandhi’s bru­tal as­sas­si­na­tion and the role of bu­reau­cracy and politi­cians who were re­spon­si­ble for the in­or­di­nate de­lay in sen­tenc­ing the ac­cused. PRABHU G., via email

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