On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists belonging to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), stormed the Parliament complex in New Delhi and opened fire indiscriminately. 14 people, of them 13 security personnel and one civilian, were killed in the attack.
The incident took place around 40 minutes after Parliament was adjourned and about 100 members of parliament were present in the building.
Two days after the attack, the Delhi police picked up Afzal Guru from Jammu and Kashmir for conspiring and sheltering the militants. He was later found guilty along with three others – SAR Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afsan Guru. While Afsan Guru was let off, the other three were awarded death sentence by the trial court.
In 2003, Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Ghazi Baba, prime accused in the attack, was killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar. A mercy petition of Afzal Guru was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 3, 2013 and Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
Its not just Parliament, it’s a temple of Democracy. India is the largest democracy and attack on Parliament is the attack on democracy itself. There are still people on our country who question the Indian Supreme Court on hanging of Afzal Guru. These people consider Afzal Guru as their hero.
PM Modi said the sacrifice of those killed will not be forgotten. “We pay homage to those who laid down their lives protecting the temple of our democracy on 13th December 2001. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten,” he wrote on Twitter.
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) December 13, 2017
After 16 years, the attack scenes are still fresh in every Indians mind and we all will fight Untill the last Islamic Jihadi Terrorist is alive. Let’s all pledge to serve the nation and destroy the ideology which kills people in the name of religion, Fake Freedom struggle and political gains.