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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers on Monday paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack for "service to the nation and supreme sacrifice".
"I pay homage to the brave security personnel who laid down their lives on this day in 2001, defending the Parliament of the world’s largest democracy against a dastardly terrorist attack. The nation shall forever remain grateful to them for their supreme sacrifice," President Ram Nath Kovind wrote on Twitter.
PM Modi tweeted, "I pay my tributes to all those security personnel who were martyred in the line of duty during the Parliament attack in 2001. Their service to the nation and supreme sacrifice continues to inspire every citizen."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also saluted the courage of the soldiers and said, "Your unique bravery and sacrifice will always motivate us to serve the nation."
He tweeted in Hindi, "I salute the courage and bravery of all the soldiers who made their supreme sacrifice to protect the Temple of Indian Democracy (Parliament House)."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "The country will be grateful for his courage and supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. My tribute to those brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives during the 2001 attack on the Parliament House."
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists stormed the Parliament complex and fired indiscriminately, killing 14 people, most of them security personnel and one civilian.