Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict attacked in jail

A senior prison official said the inmate attacked Perarivalan because he thought he had complained against him.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published:September 14, 2016 1:35 am
 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Rajiv Gandhi case, Rajiv Gandhi, AG Perarivalan, Vellore jail, Rajiv Gandhi case convict, Rajiv Gandhi case convict attacked, India news, latest news, Indian express A G Perarivalan was sentenced to life and has been in jail since 1991. (File Photo)

One of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, A G Perarivalan, suffered serious injuries in Vellore central prison after a fellow prisoner attacked him with an iron rod on Tuesday.

A senior prison official said the inmate attacked Perarivalan because he thought he had complained against him.

According to an officer, Rajesh Khanna (46) was serving a life term in a kidnap-murder case for the past 13 years. “There were many complaints against Khanna from fellow inmates. Finally we had decided to shift him out of the high-risk block. We assume that Khanna mistakenly thought that Arivu (Perarivalan) had filed a complaint against him. He attacked Arivu with an iron rod at around 6.30am,” said an officer.

Perarivalan completed 25 years of imprisonment last June.

A jail official said Perarivalan suffered injuries on his head and hands. He also suffered deep injuries, which were treated with four stitches on his head and six on his hand.

Perarivalan’s counsel A Sivakumar demanded that Khanna be shifted to another prison. “Perarivalan’s condition is stable. I will meet him tomorrow,” he said.

Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal was allowed to meet him at the prison hospital.