Maninderjeet Bitta (M. S. Bitta) is the chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF). He was born in Amritsar, Punjab in a Sikh family. Maninderjit Singh Bitta nurtured a patriotic passion right from his childhood.
Bitta entered politics at the age of 8 and joined the Congress Seva Dal. He is a former President of the Indian Youth Congress.
He was made President of the Indian Youth Congress by P. V. Narasimha Rao. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta was a Minister in the Punjab Government in the government of Beant Singh. He is involved in social work under the banner of his Front.
Maninderjit Singh, who was engaged in social work since childhood, was greatly influenced by Bhagat Singh and decided to live like him.
He mainly works for the families of martyr soldiers and those killed in a terrorist incident. Along with this, he keeps running various campaigns from time to time to eliminate terrorism from the country.
On 9 May 1992 Bitta along with his beloved friend Sardar Charanjit Singh Bedi was severely injured in a car bombing attack that killed 13 people in Amritsar, Punjab on May 9, 1992.
On 11 September 1993 Bitta survived a deadly attack on him at Indian Youth Congress premises on Raisina Road, New Delhi. The blast occurred at mid-day as Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, then president of the then governing Congress Party’s youth wing left his office in a car.
His both bodyguards were among the dead. He escaped with shrapnel wounds to the chest, but 9 people were killed and 36 severely wounded.
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, an affiliate of 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 a commutation of a hanging sentence, which was rejected by the Supreme court of India on 12 April 2013.
Finally, the Death penalty for Devinderpal Singh Bhullar was commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court on 31 March 2014 on the ground of inordinate delay on part of the President to decide their mercy pleas.
Due to the deadly attack on him many times, he has got lifetime Z category security protection. At the same time, his personal security is also no less than that of a high-profile politician.
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