December 13 is a dark day in India's history. Eighteen years ago, the Indian Parliament was attacked by five heavily-armed terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). A place which people considered to be the have the highest level of security, was under siege. The morning that looked usual became a battleground in a few minutes with the gunmen carrying AK-47 rifles, grenade launchers, pistols and grenades.
The terrorists stormed the Parliament complex in New Delhi and opened indiscriminate firing. Fourteen people (13 security personnel and one civilian) lost their lives in the attack. The victims included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, two Parliament staff and a gardener. A journalist who was injured in the attack died later.
While the Houses were adjourned at the time of the attack, around 100 people were still inside the building. The security forces managed to shoot down all assailants except one, Afzal Guru. He was later tracked down and arrested from Jammu and Kashmir. In September 2006, a Delhi court sentenced Afzal Guru to death--he was hanged in Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.
President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while fighting the terrorists on December 13, 2001. Today, on the 18th anniversary, the president said that our nation remains firm on its resolve to eliminate terrorism.
He posted a tweet saluting the martyrs, he wrote, "A grateful nation salutes the exemplary valour and courage of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending the Parliament from terrorists on this day in 2001. We remain firm in our resolve to defeat and eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."
A grateful nation salutes the exemplary valour and courage of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending the Parliament from terrorists on this day in 2001. We remain firm in our resolve to defeat and eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 13, 2019
Netizens also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives during the attack.
Today 13th december that marks 18 years since the cowardly terrorist attack on our temple of democracy.Remembering the bravehearts soldiers who lost their lives protecting Parliament during that 2001#ParliamentAttack.Their bravery will never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/LnkEYsxRsN— Shubha🇮🇳 (@MAGARDAYAJ) December 13, 2019
I join everyone in paying tribute to the brave martyrs who lost their lives during the dastardly attack on our Parliament on this day in 2001.— Srinivas Gandhasiri (@SrinivasPatriot) December 13, 2019
I salute their courage & heroism in dispelling the terror attack. Your valour will forever inspire us. #ParliamentAttack🙏 pic.twitter.com/3Ogocc47m1
Homage to all 9 Martyrs of 13th Dec Parliament terrorist attack who had sacrificed their life to protecting parliament&fighting against Pak terrorist on 13 Dec 2001.— Valli Rajan (@vallir51) December 13, 2019
Salute to them.#ParliamentTerroristAttack @Jayant_R_Patil pic.twitter.com/WdkleofHQK
I pay my humble tribute to the brave martyrs personnel who fought the battle against terrorist attack on parliament in 2001. Nation always remain with martyrs family.— Swapnil Kadu (@SwapnilKadu19) December 13, 2019
Salute to the valour of those who were martyred during the dastardly attack on our Parliament on this day in 2001— Abhi Sharma (@AbhiSha07364245) December 12, 2019
Their courage and heroism inspires every Indian #JaiHind 🙏🙏🙏
Remembering the exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice— Sifa (@_sifa_k) December 13, 2019
of our brave security personnel and Parliament staff who successfully thwarted the terror attack on our Parliament House this day in 2001. The nation will always remain indebted to their bravery and martyrdom. pic.twitter.com/nvEISNNHrD
Our humble tributes to the martyrs of the cowardly 2001 Parliament attack.We salute to the sacrifices of our bravehearts who laid down their lives while protecting the temple of our democracy. They'll be always remembered in our heart. #ParliamentAttack pic.twitter.com/262KIdWxlA— Humanity Live Trust (@ssasmedujs) December 13, 2019
We join the nation in saluting the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives.
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