20th anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack: PM Modi, President Kovind pay tributes to martyrs
Their supreme sacrifice continues to inspire, PM Modi said
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday paid tributes to all those security personnel who were martyred in the line of duty during the Parliament attack in 2001.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said "I pay my tributes to all those security personnel who were martyred in the line of duty during the Parliament attack in 2001. Their service to the nation and supreme sacrifice continues to inspire every citizen."
President Kovind said in his tweet, “I pay homage to the brave security personnel who laid down their lives on this day in 2001, defending the Parliament of the world’s largest democracy against a dastardly terrorist attack. The nation shall forever remain grateful to them for their supreme sacrifice.”
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, paying homage to brave martyrs who defended the Parliament on this day back in 2001, in a tweet said that their sacrifice strengthens India’s resolve against cross-border terrorism.
“My homage to the brave martyrs who defended our Parliament this day in 2001. Their sacrifice strengthens our resolve to combat cross-border terrorism,” he said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while paying tributes to brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives in line of duty said the nation will remain grateful for their courage and supreme sacrifice.
“My tributes to those brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives during attack on the Parliament House in 2001. The nation will remain grateful for their courage and supreme sacrifice in the line of duty,” Singh said in a tweet.
Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah also saluted the courage of the soldiers and said, "Your unparalleled valour and sacrifice will always inspire us to serve the nation."
"I salute the courage and valour of all the soldiers, who made their supreme sacrifice to protect the temple of Indian democracy - Parliament House - in the cowardly terrorist attack," he tweeted in Hindi.
On December 13, 2001, the Parliament of India which is the country’s supreme legislative body, witnessed a dastardly terror attack that killed 14 people, mostly security personnel.
Five terrorists of the Pakistan-based militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) infiltrated the parliament premises carrying AK47 rifles, grenade launchers, pistols and grenades.
The terrorists breached through security cordons deployed around the Parliament complex.