2001 Parliament attack: Jaitley salutes soldiers, martyrs

New Delhi, Dec. 13 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley paid his tribute to the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack as the nation marked its fourteenth anniversary on Sunday.

“Salute to our brave soldiers & martyrs who dispelled the 13/12/2001 terror attack on the Parliament house. We pay tribute to the martyrs,” he wrote in a tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other prominent leaders also paid their tribute to the martyrs at a ceremony held in the Parliament premises today.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani were also present in the ceremony.

On 13 December 2001, five terrorists infiltrated the Parliament House in a car with fake Home Ministry and Parliament labels. While both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha had been adjourned 40 minutes prior to the incident, many Members of Parliament (MPs) and government officials such as the then home minister LK Advani and minister of state for defence Harin Pathak were believed to have still been in the building at the time of the attack.

Constable Kamlesh Kumari Yadav was the first to spot the terrorists and was shot by them as she raised the alarm. Five policemen, a Parliament security guard, and a gardener were killed and 18 others were injured.

The ministers and MPs escaped unhurt. The total number of deaths was 14 and at least 22 people were injured in the attack.

The government had initially accused Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) of involvement in the attack.

However, LeT denied any involvement in the incident. In November 2002, four JeM members were arrested by Indian authorities and put on trial.

All four were found guilty of playing various roles in the incident. One of the accused, Afzal Guru, was sentenced to the death penalty for the incident. (ANI)

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