Bitta demands military court for terrorists

All India Anti Terrorist Front demanded setting up of an anti-terror military court to deal with terrorists.

Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 15:17 PM IST

New Delhi: 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.

Addressing a function on the ninth anniversary of 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 death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002 after being convicted of conspiracy to attack 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 Parliament on December 13, 2001.
The death sentence was upheld by Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court two years later on August 4, 2005.

PTI