AG Perarivalan, or Arivu as he is also known as, is the son of Tamil poet Kuyildasan. He was 19 years old when the assassination took place in May 1991. He was arrested on 18 June the same year for his involvement in the case.
The main charge against Perarivalan was that of buying two nine-volt batteries and handing them over to LTTE chief Sivarasan, the mastermind of the operation. Perarivalan was also charged with taking Sivarasan to a motor shop days before the assassination, and buying a motorcycle in his name, but providing an incorrect address.
Interestingly enough, according to The Indian Express, the convict has used his time in prison to complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Indira Gandhi National Open University, as well as to procure more than eight diploma and certificate courses.
Meanwhile, in August 1991 – roughly three months after the assassination – the police managed to track down a group of LTTE members, including Sivarasan, in Bengaluru. While…