Robert Payas, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case wrote to Tamil Nadu government seeking mercy killing. He said he should be killed on grounds of mercy and his body should be sent to his family. “Payas has petitioned the government through the Puzhal prison authorities,” said a top prison official.
In a moving letter to Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Payas wrote, “I’ve been in prison for more than 27 years now…I can understand the intention of the government. Also, for the past many years since none of my family members or relatives have visited me. I do not think that there is any meaning in my life.”
Citing Jayalalithaa’s initiative to release the convicts, Payas wrote, “We do not know why our release has been put on hold. Jayalalithaa’s decision to release the convicts was reflective of the aspiration of Tamils not only in Tamil Nadu, but across the world, to see them free.”
Payas accused Centre, both the previous UPA and the incumbent NDA for opposing their release. He said, he understood that the intention of the state and Centre was to confine them in jail. “I have come to the conclusion that there is no use living when there is no scope for release,” he said. The very long jail term has punished not only him, but also his family.
Payas finished 26 years of imprisonment and entered the 27th year on June 11, 2017.