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Dec 13, 2001 Parliament Attack: When terror struck India’s temple of democracy…

As India pays tributes to the brave martyrs of the Dec 13 Parliament attack, here’s a lowdown of what happened on that winter morning.

Parliament attack on December 13, 2001

As India pays tributes to the brave martyrs of the Dec 13 Parliament attack, here’s a lowdown of what happened on that winter morning.

  • Five terrorists from the Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) using fake government labels on a white Ambassador car that eerily resembled our govt cars, entered Parliament at around 11.40 am. At the time many government officials and Members of Parliament were in the House.
  • News reports said that these terrorists were heavily armed with sophisticated weapons like AK-47s, grenade launchers, and grenades. 
  • Reports say that Constable Kamlesh Kumari Yadav sensed some suspicious movement, approached the vehicle and ran to seal gate number 1. However, the terrorists opened fire at her and killed the Constable on the spot. 
  • Post this, the car moved towards gate number 12 but seeing tight security they turned back and, in the process, rammed into the-then Vice President Krishan Kant’s vehicle.
  • This mistake forced them to move out of the car and a heavy gunfight started which lasted for almost 30 minutes. All the terrorists were eventually killed.
  • However, our braves also laid down their lives as they valiantly protected the temple of democracy. They included five security personnel of Delhi Police, one lady constable of the CRPF and two security assistants of Parliament Watch and Ward section, a gardener and a photojournalist were also killed. 
  • With the help of vehicle numbers and call details, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police cracked the case and found out that all five terrorists were members of the Pakistan-based militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
  • Mohammad Afzal Guru, Shaukat Hussain Guru (cousin of Afzal Guru) and S.A.R. Geelani, and Shaukat’s wife Afsan Guru were also arrested.
  • The court acquitted Afsan and sentenced Geelani, Shaukat and Afzal to death. Later, Geelani was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2005 and was given 10 years in prison. However, in 2013, Afzal Guru was hanged to death in the Tihar Jail.

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PM Modi with his mother Heeraben

Mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Heeraben (100) passed away on Friday two days after she was admitted to UN Mehta Hospital in Ahmedabad.

Sharing her picture, PM Modi penned an emotional post on Twitter by saying, “A glorious century rests at the feet of God. In Maa I have always felt that trinity, which contains the journey of an ascetic, the symbol of a selfless Karmayogi and a life committed to values. When I met her on her 100th birthday, she said one thing – Always remember – Work with intelligence, live life with purity.”

On her birthday this year, PM Modi in his blog titled ‘Mother’ wrote, “Today, I feel extremely happy and fortunate to share that my mother Smt. Heeraba is entering her hundredth year. This is going to be her birth centenary year. If my father had been alive, he too would have celebrated his 100th birthday last week. 2022 is a special year as my mother’s centenary year is starting, and my father would have completed his.”

He added, “I have no doubt that everything good in my life, and all that is good in my character, can be attributed to my parents. Today, as I sit in Delhi, I am filled with memories from the past.”

Born on 18 June, 1923, Heeraben Modi’s hometown was Vadnagar in Mehsana, Gujarat. She is survived by five sons – Narendra Modi, Pankaj Modi, Soma Modi, Amrit Modi and Prahlad Modi, and one daughter Vasantiben Hasmukhlal Modi. Heeraben Modi lived in Raysan village near Gandhinagar with her younger son Pankaj.

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