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|January 28, 1998||
25 LTTE militants committed suicide during the probe
As many as 25 LTTE militants committed suicide during the investigation of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The suicides were mainly to conceal secrets.
Among those who committed suicide were Sivarasan -- the 'one-eyed-Jack,' standby assassin Subha, Nehru, Gundu Santhan, Suresh, Dixon, Amman, Kirti and Jamila, all accused in the case.
Mirasdar Shanmugham, an LTTE sympathiser and another accused, later committed suicide by hanging himself at Kodiakadu near Vedaranyam.
A majority of the LTTE cadres bit deadly cyanide capsules to end their lives. The SIT and CBI had to overcome a blind alley every time they encountered a suicide death.
Some of the suicide notes left behind blamed the SIT for relentlessly pursuing them.
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