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Mr M.S. Bitta, Chairman, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, in Hyderabad on Thursday. - A. Roy Chowdhury

Hyderabad , Oct. 9

THE Chairman of All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AATF), Mr M.S. Bitta, today called for a separate security wing in each State to take care of the security of the VVIPs, a law and a special military court to effectively counter terrorism.

Addressing a news conference here, Mr Bitta said the country should emulate Israel in evolving anti-terrorist strategies. "No country in the world, barring Israel, is serious about the problem. In India, no political party, including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has a clear policy on the issue," he said.

"If all the political parties join hands, we can wipe out terrorism in six months," he said, blaming political parties for the spread of terrorism in the country.

Mr Bitta was in the city to meet the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, who escaped an attempt on his life recently.

Mr Bitta honoured him with a turban of `Shri Sat Guru Maharaj ji' and presented the `Pride of Nation' award. Alleging that Pakistan's ISI has connections with the CPI (M-L) People's War, Mr Bitta said all the citizens, like in Israel, should have compulsory military training at least for one year. "We need a law to make it possible."

Mr Bitta, who faced a couple of attempts on his life and consequently lost his legs, was peeved at his own party (the Congress-I) leaving him in the lurch. "They have left me alone in the fight against terrorism," he said.

In order to study the problem in detail, Mr Bitta said an International Institute of Anti-Terrorism in India in association with the Israeli Government would be coming up soon in Delhi. "This institute will look into all the aspects of terrorism, including its different forms," he said.

Mr Bitta, a bitter critic of terrorism following the attempts to eliminate him, said he is working on a book detailing his experience in this regard.

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