No one can forget the dreadful morning on December 13, 2001, when Parliament was attacked by five heavily-armed gunmen who opened indiscriminate fire and killed many people on the spot.

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President Ram Nath Kovind remembered the martyrs on the 18th anniversary of the deadly attack on the Parliament on December 13 2019. Many people sacrificed their lives while fighting terrorists. On the anniversary of the Parliament attack, which is considered to be one of the most sensational terror attacks in India, the President said: “India remains firm on its resolve to eliminate terrorism”.

In a tweet, President Kovind 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.”

Indian Parliament Attack History

On the morning of December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists stormed the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the five men were carrying AK-47 rifles, grenade launchers, grenades and pistols and killed many people instantly.

Around 14 people, including security forces and a civilian, were killed in the ‘horrific’ terror attack. The victims included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, two Parliament staff and a gardener. A journalist was also injured in the attack who later died.

The 2001 Parliament attack lasted around 40 minutes after the Parliament was adjourned for the day. Though the Houses were adjourned at the time of the attack, some 100 parliamentarians and staff were still inside the building. All five terrorists were killed by the security forces.

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According to media, the terrorists managed to breach the security around the Parliamentary complex by using a fake home ministry sticker on a white Ambassador car they drove. When security personnel questioned them, the five men started running and opened fire, killing nine security personnel, including five Delhi Police personnel. They also drove their vehicle into the car of then Vice President Krishan Kant.

Two days later, Delhi Police caught Afzal Guru in Jammu and Kashmir. SAR Geelani of Delhi University’s Zakir Hussain College, who was convicted and later acquitted of all charges, was also picked up for questioning and arrested. Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru were also picked up later for a probe in the fatal attack.

In September 2006, Delhi court ordered Afzal Guru to be hanged. He was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.

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