Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday saluted the valour of those who were martyred in the 2001 Parliament attack 17 years ago, adding that their courage and heroism inspired every Indian.
"We salute the valour of those who were martyred during the dastardly attack on our Parliament on this day in 2001. Their courage and heroism inspires every Indian," the prime minister said in a tweet on the 17th anniversary of the attack on Parliament.
The prime minister and several other ministers and political leaders offered their tributes to those martyred, at the Parliament.
Delhi: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former PM Manmohan Singh, BJP Chief Amit Shah pay tribute to people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001 pic.twitter.com/99pMwV7qr9— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2018
Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan pay tribute to people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001 pic.twitter.com/ArTLRTEYTk— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2018
On December 13, 2001 in a horrific incident, five heavily-armed terrorists belonging to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), stormed the complex in New Delhi and opened fire indiscriminately. Around 14 people, mostly security forces and one civilian, were killed in this incident.
The incident took place around 40 minutes after the Parliament was adjourned and about 100 members of Parliament were present in the building.
Extensive investigations revealed the involvement of four accused namely Afzal Guru, Shaukat Hussain, SAR Geelani and Navjot Sandhu.