Maninderjeet Singh Bitta

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Maninderjeet Singh Bitta
Born Maninderjeet Singh Bitta
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Punjabi
Occupation Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF)
Religion Sikhism

Maninderjeet Singh Bitta (also M S Bitta) is the chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF), and former chief of the Indian Youth Congress.[1][2] He was made the president of Indian Youth Congress by P. V. Narasimha Rao.

Maninderjeet Singh Bitta was a Minister in Punjab Govt in the govt of Beant Singh (chief minister).

Attacks on His Life[edit]

  • On 7 July 1992 : Bitta lost his leg in a bombing that killed 13 people in the Punjab holy city of Amritsar on 7 July 1992.[3]
  • On Sept 11, 1993 : Bitta survived a deadly attack on him at Indian youth congress premises on Raisina Road, New Delhi.The blast occurred at midday as Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, then president of the then governing Congress Party's youth wing, left his office in a car. His two bodyguards were among the dead. He escaped with shrapnel wounds to the chest, but 9 people were killed and 36 wounded.[3] Burning tires and pieces of metal and glass were strewn across a 100-yard area near Parliament and many Government buildings. Rescuers pulled mangled bodies from damaged cars as smoke billowed into the sky. Passengers in a passing public bus were wounded. The death toll would probably have been much higher if it had not been raining heavily. After investigation, authorities named Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a militant affiliated with the Khalistan Liberation Force, as one of the persons responsible for the 1993 Raisina Road car bomb and is sentenced to death by hanging. Bhullar's appeal against the conviction was dismissed by the Supreme Court of India on 27 December 2006. His plea for clemency was rejected by the President of India in May 2011.He again asked for commutation of hanging sentence, which was rejected by the Supreme court of India on 12 April 2013. Finally Death penalty of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court on 31 March 2014 on the ground of inordinate delay on part of President to decide their mercy pleas.

Life as a Social Worker[edit]

Bitta left politics to become a full-time social worker supporting the widows of Kargil War soldiers, 2001 Indian Parliament attack soldiers. He is provided with Z+ security for lifetime.[citation needed]

On 6 November 2004, he joined a rally in New Delhi staged with students supporting U.S. President George W. Bush’s re-election. Recently Bitta said that India should emulate Israel in evolving anti-terrorist strategies.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bitta for front against terrorism". Expressindia.com. 1998-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "New Delhi News : Bitta flays clemency plea". The Hindu. 2005-06-12. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ a b Published: 12 September 1993 (1993-09-12). "A Car Bomb in New Delhi Kills 8 and Wounds 36 - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.