JAWALAMUKHI: All India Anti-Terrorist Front Chairman Maninderjit Singh Bitta demanded stern action against Maharastra Nav Nirman Sena president Raj Thackeray. ”Mr Thackeray’s recent statement against northern Indians is drama for popularity in view of elections. The Maharashtra regime is not taking strict action. I demand a Central Bureau of Investigation probe. If such regionalism goes unchecked then it will spread to other states and that will prove dangerous for the country and society,” he alleged.
Maintaining that certain political parties raised issues such as regionalism and casteism for votes, he called for fresh legislation to tackle such cases and said that accused Indian politicians are afraid of speaking up against terror and he had been receiving death threats since one year from foreign-based people.
While talking to media persons after paying obeisance in famous shrine of Jawalamukhi today, he said the authorities were doing nothing about these threats. He claimed to have receiving 128 calls in three days earlier this month. “All calls originate from Saudi Arabia, Muscat or Dubai and they want me to keep quite on the issue of hanging of Afzal Guru. Guru has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in attacking Indian Parliament. The security agencies are yet to inform me what they found in the investigations and who are these people,” he said.
He also said that the last time he got such a threat to keep quiet was in the days before Operation Bluestar 23 years ago. On inaction against terrorism the country had become slave of terrorism, he alleged, maintaining no place in the country was safe from terror attack.
He accused the government of lacking will to fight terrorism. People like Daljit Singh Bittu are roaming free, said Bitta warning terrorism was being revived in Punjab and face of terror this time will be different from what people had witnessed earlier. In Punjab, Bitta alleged former DGP S.S. Virk along with a few senior police officers aided the revival of terrorism in Punjab in few years. These police officers would have got various political leaders killed, said Bitta refusing to name the others. He said he had the lists of such people typed out in his computer and would release it at appropriate time.
The property of all policemen should be screened to how many made it in the name of fighting terrorism in Punjab. People had made crores, said Bitta. He did not want enhanced security cover for himself, the peeved Z-plus protectee said if the government wants it could take away whatever security he has.