Rajiv Gandhi killer's daughter pleads for mercy now

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Rajiv Gandhi
New Delhi, Sep 1: The daughter of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins Nalilni and Murugan has appealed to Congress President, Sonia Gandhi and Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu to help her.

"My childhood was awful. I was mad at my parents for doing this. But my father cried and explained to me what exactly happened. They write to me every week. They say they didn't do any mistake. My parents are innocent. They don't deserve this," she said.

"I feel extremely sorry for the incident. I went through the same thing for 20 years as Rahul and Priyanka. I hope they will understand my condition....I hope they don't give me the same pain that they went through. I thank Sonia Gandhi from the bottom of my heart," she added.

Nalilni and Murugan along with Santhan and Perarivalan were given a death sentence in 1999. After Nalilni gave birth to a girl in the jail, her death sentence to life was changed at Sonia Gandhi's request.

The three convicts were to be hanged on Sep 9 earlier after President Pratibha Patil rejected their mercy plea.

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