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2001Parliament Attack Anniversary : Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Dr Manmohan Singh, And Several Others Pay Homage To Martyrs

Picture : Twitter / ANI

Picture : Twitter / ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Vice – President M Venkaiah Naidu , Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad ( Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha) , Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh were among the several others who paid their rich tributes to people who laid down their lives in  the December 13, 2001 parliament attack.

It was on this day December 13, 2001, when terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), two Pakistan-based terrorist organisations attacked parliament in cars with home ministry stickers. More than 100 people, including major politicians were inside the parliament building at the time. The gunmen used a fake identity sticker on the car they drove and thus breached the security deployed around the parliamentary complex. The terrorists carried AK47 rifles, grenade launchers, pistols and grenades.

The attack led to the deaths of five terrorists, six Delhi Police personnel, two Parliament Security Service personnel and a gardener – in total 14 – and to increased tensions between India and Pakistan, resulting in the 2001–02 India–Pakistan standoff. NDA government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at the centre then.

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