Thenmozhi Rajaratnam

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Thenmozhi "Gayatri" Rajaratnam Aka Dhanu (Tamil: தேன்மொழி "காயத்திரி" ராசரத்தினம்; died 21 May 1991) was the assassin who killed Rajiv Gandhi, herself, and 14 others in a suicide bombing on 21 May 1991, in the Indian town of Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, near Chennai (see also assassination of Rajiv Gandhi). Thought to have been a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), Rajaratnam was also known as Gayatri and Dhanu. Her birth year has not been conclusively established but research shows that she was still a minor at the time.

There are many accusations[1] attributed to the IPKF period where an estimated 16,000 lives were lost, including 2,500 Indian soldiers. It is believed that Dhanu and Sivarasan - the key conspirator of the splinter group were among the militants trained by RAW.[2]

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Rajiv Gandhi was campaigning in Sriperumbudur for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The last time Rajiv had been in power, his government was instrumental in sending a peace keeping force into Sri Lanka to help enforce a peace accord, which earned the ire of various Tamil militant groups. The troops he had sent in 1987 had fought the Tamil separatist guerrillas.[citation needed]. It was claimed that Indian Peacekeeping Force troops killed her brothers and raped her.

Convictions[edit]

Seven years later in 1998, an Indian court convicted 26 people in the conspiracy to assassinate Rajiv. Upon appeal, the death sentence of only four of the twenty-six people was upheld.

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