Leaders pay homage to martyrs of Parliament terror attack

Leaders pay homage to martyrs of Parliament terror attack

Leaders pay homage to martyrs of Parliament terror attack

Floral garlands hang above portraits of security officers who lost their lives in the 2001 attack on India's parliament during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the attack, in New Delh.AP Photo

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP leader L K Advani, Leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee, leaders of opposition in both Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, along with other MPs paid floral tributes at the photographs of Parliament's watch and ward and security personnel killed in the December 13 terror strike.

As security personnel saluted the martyrs, parliamentarians stood in silence for a minute. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion.

Recalling the December 13, 2001 attack, Advani said, "If even one of them had succeeded in entering Parliament House, it would have been horrific."

On Afzal Guru, who is facing death sentence in the Parliament attack case, Advani said, "Afzal Guru has given his own evidence...If someone has created an impression that no justice has been done to him, it is wrong to say so."

Swaraj said, "We come here every year to remember all those killed in the attack. There are two sides to the issue, one is to pay homage to those killed and the other is to carry out the sentence granted by the Supreme Court on the man responsible for being behind the attack conspiracy.

"Despite the Supreme Court confirming the sentence, the man is still out... The nation wants to know, why are we hesitating in punishing those guilty for the Parliament attack," she said.

Referring to Guru's case, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "When the entire legal process has been confirmed by the Supreme Court, why the delay in Afzal Guru's (case). How long? Why? I think, the sooner that verdict is executed, it will be the biggest homage to those great warriers..."