The security personnel who lost their lives while defending the Parliament complex in the terrorist attack, which happened on December 13 2001, were paid tribute by the members of Lok Sabha.
As a gesture of respect for the departed souls, the members in both houses of Parliament stood in silence for a brief period.
The Parliament complex was attacked and was fired upon by the terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on this day in 2001.
During this attack, nine people were killed by the terrorists, and the five terrorists who led this attack were also killed.
As the Lok Sabha met for the day, Speaker Om Birla talked about the sacrifice which was made on 13 December 2001 by the security personnel and staff who were killed during this attack. Om Birla also spoke that the steps taken to stop and fight against terrorism would be strengthened more.
As a mark of respect for the security personnel and staff who lost their lives on 13 December 2001, the members of the Lower House stood in silence for a brief time period.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said in the Rajya Sabha that this day marks the 20th anniversary of this painful and unforgettable attack on Parliament House.
Chairman M Venkaiah further said that on the 13th day of December 2001, the evil forces of terrorism keeping sinister motives in mind had planned to sabotage the working of this great institution, but they could not succeed due to our alert security forces who were in constant alert and protected the shrine of Democracy even if in due course they had to lay down their lives.
Vice President Naidu also pledged to a firm resolve to always be alert and fight against terrorism with complete determination.
The nine people who lost their lives in the attack are enumerated below:
Security assistants at the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, both Jagdish Prasad Yadav and Matbar Singh Negi. A CRPF constable, Kamlesh Kumari. Assistant sub-inspectors of the Delhi Police, Nanak Chand and Rampal. Head constables of the Delhi Police, Om Prakash, Bijender Singh and Ghanshyam, and a gardener employed by the CPWD, Deshraj.