The terrorist attack on Parliament, the temple of democracy of India some 21 years ago is among the painful memories of the country. The Government of India along with its people is determined to crush terror. We have taken this solemn pledge and we stand truthful to it today and always. The country is marching ahead with peace and progress. India is taking steady steps to become global power.
The Dastardly Attack
2001 Indian Parliament attack was a terrorist attack on the Parliament of India in New Delhi, India on 13 December 2001. The perpetrators belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) – two Pakistan-raised terrorist organisations. The attack led to the martyrdom of six Delhi Police personnel, two Parliament Security Service personnel, and a gardener – in total 9 – and led to increased tensions between India and Pakistan, resulting in the 2001–02 India–Pakistan standoff. Five terrorists were killed outside the parliament.
Leaders in India’s immediate neighbourhood condemned the attack on the Parliament. On 14 December, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack. Home Minister LK Advani said, “We have received some clues about yesterday’s incident, which shows that a neighbouring country, and some terrorist organisations active there behind it”, said Mr Advani, in a reference to Pakistan and Pakistan-based terrorist groups.
Led To Heavy Mobilization On Border
The same day, in a demarche to Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, India demanded that Pakistan stop the activities of LeT and JeM, that Pakistan apprehend the organisations’ leaders and that Pakistan curb the financial assets and the groups’ access to these assets. In response to the Indian government’s statements, Pakistani forces were put on high alert the same day. On 20 December, India mobilised and deployed its troops to Kashmir and Punjab in what was India’s largest military mobilisation since the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.
Those responsibile for attack were brought to justice.
Mohammad Afzal Guru, a former Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) militant, his cousin Shaukat Husain Guru, Shaukat’s wife Afsan Guru, and SAR Geelani, an Arabic lecturer at Delhi University were named as accused in the case.
On December 29, Afsan was acquitted by the court while Geelani, Shaukat and Afzal were sentenced to death. Geelani was acquitted for “need of evidence” by the Delhi high court in 2003, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005 and Shaukat was given 10 years in prison.
In 2013, 11 years after the attack, Afzal Guru was hanged to death and his body was buried in Tihar jail.
Nation Pays Homage To Martyrs
The nation of India is resolute on 21st anniversary of the dastardly attack.
President of India Droupadi Murmu said that the nation will always remain grateful to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack. “The nation pays homage to the valiant martyrs who laid down their lives while defending the Parliament against terrorist attack on this day in 2001. We will always remain grateful to the bravehearts for their courage and supreme sacrifice,” the President tweeted. Today, on December 13, 2001, terrorists attacked the Indian Parliament the nation of India stood in one voice condemning the ugly episode and remaining steadfast to crush terror .
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and several others led the nation in paying tributes to the security personnel who laid down their lives fighting terrorists during the 2001 Parliament attack.
It is very pivotal to point out here that Lok Sabha on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to those who laid down their lives while foiling a terror attack on Parliament 21 years ago.
As soon as the House assembled, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said it was a sad day for the country as terrorists carried out a cowardly attack on Parliament.
He remarked that the whole nation stands behind the family of those killed in the terrorist attack and the country stands solidly against any form of terrorism.
The members of the House also stood in silence for some moments in memory of the victims.
Both men and women from security forces laid Supreme sacrifice to prevent terrorists from doing damage to country.
CRPF Constable Was Awarded Ashok Chakra Posthumously
CRPF personnel, the late Constable Kamlesh Kumari Yadav, was the first one to approach the car. Realising something suspicious, she ran back to seal gate no 1 where she was posted but with their cover effectively blown, the terrorists opened fire on Yadav 11 times.
She died on the spot, averting a suicide bomber among the terrorists to execute his plan. She was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest peacetime Gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police was alerted about the attack. “I was at my office and as soon as we received information, I rushed with my team to the Parliament,” said the former DCP Chand.
The anti-terror unit of the Delhi Police — Special Cell —which was set up in 1986 to prevent, detect, and investigate cases of terrorism, took charge of the investigation. Recalling the attack, Chand said when he reached the Parliament premises, the attack was still on. “The situation was still volatile, however, the CRPF neutralised all the five terrorists in some time,” he said.
The BJP government under the visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modi has curbed terror to a large extent and given the nation great relief from almost the daily terror happenings during the Congress rule.