Rich tributes were paid to the brave martyrs who laid down their lives in 2001 Parliament House attack. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Modi, Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi, leaders of opposition and several MPs paid homage on the 16th anniversary of dastardly terror attack on the temple of Indian democracy.
The ceremony was held at the Parliament complex today morning. The Parliamentarians paid floral tributes and observed silence in the honour of those who died.
On December 13, 2001, 5 heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened fire, killing nine people. The martyrs included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff, and a gardener.
There were about 100 members of parliament in the building at the time of attack. All MPs and ministers escaped unhurt because of the courage displayed by the security forces. All the five terrorists were killed in counter attack by security forces.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba were found to be behind the attack.
Earlier on Wednesday, leaders paid tributes with President Kovind tweeting, “Gratefully remember those martyred while defending Parliament from terrorists on this day 16 years ago”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took to twitter and said the nation salutes the exemplary valour and courage of those martyrs who sacrificed their lives protecting the Temple of India’s Democracy.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too paid respectful tribute to the martyrs.
Several other leaders — former PM Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, veteran BJP leader LK Advani, cabinet ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Niramala Sitharaman, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, were all present at the ceremony to pay their homage.