Sunday, December 13, will mark 19 years for the reason that lethal assault on Parliament by terrorist teams linked to Pakistan. Senior Bharatiya Janata social gathering (BJP) chief LK Advani who was then the house minister known as the assault “essentially the most audacious, and likewise essentially the most alarming, act of terrorism”.
On at the present time in 2001, a five-member suicide squad comprising Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked Parliament home, whereas the Lok Sabha was in session: the Homes have been adjourned on the time of the assault, however a number of parliamentarians and workers have been current contained in the constructing.
The attackers got here in an Ambassador automotive, and have been capable of acquire entry due to a solid authorities sticker. However because the automotive moved contained in the Parliament advanced, one of many workers members grew to become suspicious. The car was thus compelled to show again and within the course, hit then vice chairman Krishan Kant’s car.
The gunmen, armed with AK-47s and grenades, then received down and opened hearth. The assault lasted for about 30 minutes, and all of the 5 terrorists have been neutralised outdoors the constructing itself. Nevertheless, 5 safety personnel of Delhi Police, one lady constable of the CRPF and two safety assistants of Parliament Watch and Ward part died stopping the entry of terrorists into Parliament Home. A gardener and a photojournalist too misplaced their lives.
BJP chief L Ok Advani stated within the Lok Sabha that the assault “was executed collectively by Pakistan-based and supported terrorist outfits, particularly, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. These two organisations are identified to derive their assist and patronage from Pak ISI.”
Inside days, 4 individuals have been arrested and charged as masterminds of the assault. The case in opposition to the 4 – Mohammed Afzal Guru, Shaukat Hussain, Afsan Guru and SAR Geelani – went on for a couple of decade, with the Delhi Excessive Court docket and the Supreme Court docket ultimately acquitting two, and upholding the demise sentence of 1.
Geelani, a professor in Delhi College, was acquitted for “want of proof” by the Delhi excessive court docket in 2003, a call upheld by the Supreme Court docket in 2005. Afsan Guru, too, was cleared of expenses and Hussain served jail time. Afzal Guru was hanged in 2013.