All India Anti Terrorist Front demands separate military court to deal with terrorists
The All India Anti Terrorist Front led by M S Bitta today demanded setting up of an anti terrorist military court to deal with terrorists like Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2010 14:47 IST
The All India Anti Terrorist Front led by M S Bitta on Monday demanded setting up of an anti terrorist military court to deal with terrorists like Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. Addressing a function on the ninth anniversary of the Parliament attack, Bitta said, "A separate court should be formed, with no political influence. Let it be decided who is superior; the Supreme Court, government or politicians?"
He, along with families of nine victims laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Alleging there was "some politics" behind the delay in hanging Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, he said the delay was an "insult to the Supreme Court" verdict. Bitta, as well as family members of the victims expressed "shock that no politician or political party raised the issue of hanging Guru even once in Parliament during its ongoing Winter Session". "No politician has raised the issue because no one wants it to happen. Laying wreaths and paying tributes are all mere formalities," Bitta said.
The father of one of the victims said, "I see no hope. The country's military generals are involved in scams...what justice would we get." Guru was awarded the death sentence by a Delhi Court on December 18, 2002 after being convicted on three counts including, conspiracy to attack the Parliament on December 13, 2001, waging war against the country and murder.
Nine security personnel, including five policemen, were killed when suspected Pakistan backed terrorists attacked the Parliament on December 13, 2001. The death sentence was upheld by the Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court two years later on August 4, 2005.
First Published: Dec 13, 2010 14:44 IST