Let us not forget 13/12/2001On this day in 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists belonging to terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, stormed the Parliament complex in New Delhi and opened fire indiscriminately. The attack led to the death of 12 people, including one civilian. The one-hour long gun battle was broadcast live on news channels. All MPs and ministers escaped unhurt. The attack triggered extensive and effective investigations which revealed possible involvement of four accused namely Afzal Guru, Shaukat Hussain, SAR Geelani and Navjot Sandhu. Out of them, Navjot Sandhu was acquitted of all the charges except the one under Section 123 IPC (Concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war) for which she was convicted and sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and a fine. Death sentences were imposed on the other three accused by the trial court. While SAR Geelani was acquitted in the case, Shaukat Hussain's sentence was lessened to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court. Shaukat Hussain was released by the then Government, nine months prior to his official date of release, because of his so-called good conduct. The Supreme Court dismissed Afzal Guru's plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying "there is no merit" in it on 12 January, 2007.
After much dilly-dallying and despite every effort to save Afzal Guru by the liberals, he was finally hanged in February, 2013.
On this day, let us pay our respect to the martyrs who left the world on 13th December, 2001. Let us also take a resolve not to show any mercy to those anti-nationals who shout: "Afzhal hum sharminda hai, tera katil zinda hai".