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12 November 2012

SDPI demands reopening of probe into Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case; tracking of missing crucial video

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has demanded the re-opening of the probe into former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case after 21 years following a sensational disclosure that a crucial video of the assassination was suppressed by the then IB (Intelligence Bureau) Chief and now West Bengal Governor M. K. Narayanan.

SDPI national president Mr. E. Abubacker in a statement said that the allegation is serious. The chapter of Rajiv Gandhi's assassination reopened with the allegation has raised several questions. For one is there such a video as claimed by the investigating officer, if yes, it warrants another probe. The matter should be looked into.

Mr. Abubacker said that it is learnt that when news-hounds tracked Mr. Narayanan, who is now in Melbourne on a visit, reportedly avoided direct question but at the same time there was no denial. Narayanan claims all evidence is already present with the investigating agency.

The statement stated that the chief investigating officer of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, K. Ragothaman in his just-published book, "Conspiracy to kill Rajiv Gandhi - From CBI files", has claimed that the tape, which had been taken from the videographer by IB the day after Rajiv Gandhi had been blown by Dhanu on May 21, 1991, was never shared with the Special Investigation Team, (SIT), in the investigation of the assassination. In the book Ragothaman said that although a "preliminary enquiry" had been conducted in connection with the missing video, Narayanan had been "allowed to go scot-free" by the SIT chief D. R. Karthikeyan.

Similarly, the statement pointed out that Adv. S. Doraisamy, who pleaded for Nalini, one of those convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has written a book, claiming to unravel the mysteries and nail the bungling by the SIT chief Karthikeyan. The soon-to-be published book, tentatively titled “Mysteries and Secrets Behind the Rajiv Gandhi Murder”, alleges a larger conspiracy.

SDPI chief wondered that a nation's leader is assassinated and even that has to be suppressed. So much for freedom of speech and expression and national security. Dig deeper, you will get to know beyond LTTE in Rajiv's assassination. There are too many loop holes, convenient decisions taken in finishing Rajiv's case in order to frame LTTE and put a full stop. Many facts were not properly investigated. Many issues were suppressed, as the book says, by Narayanan and Karthikeyan. Rajiv Gandhi was killed not only by the Lankan Tamils but also allegedly by some Congressmen, he added.

He pointed out that the alleged manipulation, according to Ragothaman, was meant to erase video evidence of the kind of people Dhanu had interacted with at the venue, thereby sparing embarrassment to the Congress party in the middle of the 1991 Lok Sabha elections. The author asked: Would Narayanan have dared "to damage the goal of the Congress party, irrespective of his personal affiliation to Rajiv Gandhi's family?" As such Narayanan’s connections are of doubtful nature and can be probed into to unravel the truth.

He said that Adv. Doraisamy, who reportedly in an interview remarked: “I have the evidence to prove that Rajiv Gandhi murder was an inside job. But the SIT headed by then Inspector General of Police Karthikeyan never pushed the investigation in the right direction”, requires a serious attention and should not be wished away.

Mr. Abubacker said that in view of the revelations made in the two books the unpleasant facts should not be swept under the carpet but thoroughly investigated to unmask the real conspirators and the culprits so that the people at large know the faces who eliminated the former Prime Minister for their vested interests.

Following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi mysterious forces like P. V. Narsimha Rao took the top slot of Indian administration. Since Rao’s era India’s cooperation with Israel has increased manifolds at the cost of struggling Palestinian’s woes. The influence of the United States of America also increased on the Indian administration, he added.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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