It has been 19 years since the 2001 Parliament terror attack shook India. Before being killed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists took 9 lives, including those of eight of the brave soldiers who were attempting to subdue them.
The horrific incident still haunts millions of people who witnessed it on television and today, many of them have taken to social media to pay homage to the fallen soldiers and recall its horrors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “We will never forget the cowardly attack on our Parliament on this day in 2001, President Ram Nath Kovind praised "martyrs who laid down their lives defending Parliament".
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 13, 2020
The nation gratefully remembers the brave martyrs who laid down their lives defending the Parliament on this day in 2001. While commemorating the great sacrifice of those defenders of the temple of our democracy, we strengthen our resolve to defeat the forces of terror.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 13, 2020
The #parliamentattack trends on Indian social media as netizens pay homage to martyred soldiers and sharing glimpses of the horrific terror attack.
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@rajeev_mp) December 13, 2020
— NOMULA SRINIVAS RAO (@srinu1966) December 13, 2020
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 13, 2020
— Tiger King (@UnitedbyRace) December 13, 2020
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) December 13, 2020
The five terrorists, armed with AK-47s and grenades, infiltrated the Parliament complex in an ambassador car with the help of a forged pass. They opened fire and tried to enter the Parliament building but were killed outside by Indian soldiers.
Nine persons, including eight security personnel and a gardener, lost their lives while preventing the entry of terrorists into the building. Many cabinet ministers, officials and staffers were inside the Parliament complex at that time and were unharmed.