President Ram Nath Kovind and Union ministers on Friday, 13 December, paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack.
PM Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah were among those who paid tribute at the Parliament. Former PM Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present at the ceremony.
President Kovind, in a tweet, said the nation saluted the courage and valour of the martyrs who had died in the attack.
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.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 13, 2019
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, "Today let us remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives defending and protecting the Parliament of India from the terrorist attack."
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, too, saluted the bravehearts who lost their lives in the attack.
I join a grateful nation in paying tribute to the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives to valiantly defend our parliament against a dastardly terror attack on this day in 2001.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) December 13, 2019
New India will forever remain indebted to them for their selflessness, fortitude & courage. pic.twitter.com/zwDD2uaFQ7
In a message on Twitter, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said that terrorism and violence have no place in a civilised society.
Today is the 18th anniversary of the attack on Indian Parliament. Solemnly remembering those who lost their lives on that day. My sympathies with those who were injured in the line of duty. Terrorism and violence have no place in a civilised society— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 13, 2019
Eighteen years ago on 13 December, terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacked the Parliament complex and opened fire killing nine people.
The victims included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener. A journalist who was injured died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
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