New Delhi, Dec 13: The entire nation remembers the martyrs of the 2001 terror attack, the deadliest incident that claimed 9 persons at the premises of the Indian Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other leaders paid floral tributes to all the bravehearts who saved the lives of people's representatives on the 13th anniversary of the incident today.
Earlier in the day, Modi took to twitter and saluted the martyrs, who had laid their lives on the fateful day 13 years back, saying, "We salute martyrs who lost their lives protecting the Temple of our Democracy on this day in 2001. Their sacrifices are etched in our memory".
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP leader LK Advani also paid floral tributes to the martyrs.
"This challenge was not for that day only. Since long time the country is facing terror the problem. Today's day makes us remember that danger has not gone," said Advani.
"The jawans sacrificed their lives for the security of the country. This country remembers those jawans on this day. I also pay my respect to the families of the martyrs," said Rajnath Singh.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were also present to pay homage.
"All these people were related to us. When the incident happened we were all in shock. The way all fought bravely was appreciable," said Sumitra Mahajan.
"If one terrorist would have got inside, that single thing gives us goose bumps. There are no words to appreciate what they did. We can feel what loss their family had to face. We still remember them because they worked with us," she added.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
The martyrs included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman CRPF official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
A year later, four accused, including Afzal Guru, were arrested for the attack and found guilty after a trial.
Guru was hanged to death for his involvement in the Parliament attack.
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