Rajya Sabha recalls sacrifices by security personnel in Parliament attack
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday recalled the supreme sacrifices by the security personnel, who lost their lives in 2001 Parliament House terrorist attack.
Making a reference in the House, its Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari asked the members to join him in condemning the incident in unequivocal terms.
He called for fighting terrorism with determination to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
Members observed silence as a mark of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives.
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.