The nation is paying homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending Parliament House in the terror attack on this day in 2001. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Parliamentarians in paying tributes to the martyrs in the Parliament Houses premises. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said India gratefully remembers those martyred while defending Parliament from terrorists.
He said forces of hate and terror targeted India’s democracy and democratic values but did not succeed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the valour of those who were martyred during the dastardly attack on Parliament on this day. He said their courage and heroism inspires every Indian. On this day in 2001, five terrorists armed with AK 47 rifles and grenades stormed the Parliament. More than 100 people, including major politicians, were inside the parliament building at the time.
After a long gun battle, all the five terrorists were gunned down. During the encounter, two people from Parliament security service, five from the Delhi Police and a women constable of the Central Reserve Police Force laid down their lives. One gardener of the Central Public Works Department was also killed in the attack.