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Bhullar spared gallows, Bitta wants to kill himself

india Updated: Apr 01, 2014 00:16 IST

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Upset over the commutation of the death sentence of Khalistani terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, former Youth Congress chief MS Bitta Monday said he would seek permission from party president Sonia Gandhi and the court to kill himself.

The All-India-Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) chief, who was targeted in the 1993 bomb blast for which Bhullar was earlier handed a death sentence, said the verdict was a defeat of people fighting against terrorism.

“After the apex court ruling, I don’t want to live anymore as today we have been defeated by political terrorism which exists in the Congress Party.”

“I will ask Sonia Gandhi to allow me to immolate myself as terrorism has won today and people who are fighting against terrorism have been defeated,” he said. Bitta also said he would also seek permission for immolation from the court.

Asked whether he would file a review petition in the Supreme Court, he replied in the negative.

He, however, said he would move court on why his security had been withdrawn two days before the attack on him in 1993 and would also raise the issue as to why “Rajeev Gandhi’s security had been withdrawn”.

Bhullar was initially awarded the death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in New Delhi on September 1993, in which nine persons were killed and 25 others injured, including Bitta, who was then Youth Congress president.

The Supreme Court Monday commuted Bhullar’s death sentence to life term on the ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea and his medical condition.