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Nation pays homage to martyrs of 2001 Parliament terror attack

The nation pays homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives defending Parliament House in the terrorist attack on 13th December in 2001. A function to pay floral tributes to the martyrs will be organised today at Parliament House complex.

Parliamentarians and other dignitaries will pay floral tributes to the martyrs on the occasion. Two minutes silence will also be observed in the honour of martyrs.

Home Minister Amit Shah has saluted the courage and valor of all the brave security personnel who made supreme sacrifice to protect the pride of the nation in the cowardly terrorist attack on the temple of Indian democracy.

In a tweet, Mr. Shah said, their unparalleled valor and immortal sacrifice will always inspire people to serve the nation.

Paying tributes to those brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives during attack on the Parliament House in 2001, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, the nation will remain grateful for their courage and supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

On this day 20 years ago in 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists, stormed the Parliament complex and opened fire indiscriminately.

The attack lasted for about 30 minutes and all the five terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad were neutralised outside the building itself.

Two persons from the Parliament Security Service of the Rajya Sabha Jagdish Prasad Yadav and Matbar Singh Negi, five Delhi Police Personnel Nanak Chand, Rampal, Om Prakash, Bijender Singh and Ghanshyam and a woman constable of the Central Reserve Police Force Kamlesh Kumari laid down their lives while preventing entry of terrorists inside the Building. A gardener of CPWD Deshraj also lost his life in the attack on the temple of democracy.

A journalist  Vikram Bisht who sustained injuries died later.  About 100 members of parliament were present in the building during the horrific incident.

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