New Delhi, 13 December 2021: Vice-President and Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla led the nation today in paying tributes to the Martyrs who laid down their lives while defending the Parliament from the terrorist attack on 13 December 2001.
Union Minister for Defence Shri Rajnath Singh; Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi; Union Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat; Union Minister of Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi; Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Shri Harivansh; Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) Shri Mallikarjun Kharge; Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Jal Shakti Shri Prahlad Singh Patel; Union Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Ministry of Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti; Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal; and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale paid floral tributes to the martyrs.
Among others who paid tributes were several Union Ministers, Members of Parliament, former Members of Parliament and other dignitaries.
It may be recalled that it was on this day in the year 2001 that Shri Jagdish Prasad Yadav and Shri Matbar Singh Negi, both Security Assistants of Rajya Sabha Secretariat; Smt. Kamlesh Kumari, Constable, CRPF; Shri Nanak Chand and Shri Rampal, Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Delhi Police; Shri Om Prakash, Shri Bijender Singh and Shri Ghanshyam, Head Constables, Delhi Police; and Shri Deshraj, Gardener, CPWD, had sacrificed their lives while defending the Parliament against the terrorist attack.
In recognition of their selfless sacrifices, Sarvashri Jagdish Prasad Yadav, Matbar Singh Negi and Smt. Kamlesh Kumari were posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra. Sarvashri Nanak Chand, Rampal, Om Prakash, Bijender Singh and Ghanshyam were posthumously awarded the Kirti Chakra.