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Nation pledges to counter terrorism on Rajiv Gandhis death anniversary

As a tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 16th death anniversary today, people from all walks of life pledged to fight against terrorism.

Sriperumbudur/ Mumabi, May 21 : As a tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 16th death anniversary today, people from all walks of life pledged to fight against terrorism.

The day is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day in the country.

Hundreds gathered to pay homage to Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, where the charismatic leader was assassinated by a suicide bomber during a poll campaign.

Several workers of the state unit of Congress party, of which Rajiv Gandhi was a member, pledged to fight terrorism as they paid floral tributes to him.

"His vision and commitment is great for our country's progress," said Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President M. Krishnasswamy.

In Chennai, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi paid homage to the departed leader and also administered oath to his Cabinet members to work against terrorism.

In Mumbai, Congress workers observed Anti-Terrorism Day by taking out a motorcycle rally to spread Rajiv Gandhi's message against terrorism.

"We want to realise the dreams of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi towards putting a halt to the menace of terrorism," said Maharastra State Congress Committee Secretary Yogesh Dubey.

Earlier today in Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi's widow and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, his children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka, his son-in-law Robert Vadra, and other eminent personalities offered tribute to the departed leader at his memorial -- Veer Bhumi.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

LTTE suicide bomber Thenmuli Rajaratnam, also known as Dhanu, and several others, some of whom are in jail serving life terms, reportedly assassinated him.

ANI

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