India pays homage to martyrs of terrorist attack on Parliament

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 04:30 hrs

Nation pays homage to the martyrs of terrorist attack on Parliament.

It was on this day in 2001, heavily armed-terrorists attacked the temple of democracy in the heart of the national capital.

Eleven persons including five policemen were killed during the attack by Pakistani terrorists.

It was 12 years ago on this day when terrorists made an unsuccessful attempt to storm the Parliament complex.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani and several other leaders are expected to offer floral tributes to the martyrs at a solemn ceremony this morning.

Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was held guilty in the case, was awarded the death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002, after being convicted of conspiracy to attack Parliament on December 13, 2001, waging war against the country and murder.

The Delhi High Court upheld the death sentence on October 29, 2003 and his appeal was further rejected by the Supreme Court two years later.

Following this, Afzal filed a mercy petition with the President, who forwarded it to Union Home Ministry for its comments. (ANI)

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