Parliament security breach: What intruders last social media posts said before the incident

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Sagar Sharma, one of the Parliament intruders, wrote that making an effort was important regardless of victory or defeat in an Instagram post before the security breach in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

On his Instagram account, he wrote in Hindi, “Jeete ya hare, par koshish to zaruri hai” (Making an effort is important whether you win or lose).

In another post, he had also shared a quote about working hard to realise one’s dreams.

The quote read in Hindi, “If there is anything beautiful in life, it is dreams. Day and night, they remind us of what we are living for. Without dreams, life is meaningless, and what is even more futile is not working hard towards your dreams.”

Sharma was part of the security breach that unfolded in the Lok Sabha on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament terror attack.

He and another accused, Manoranjan D, managed to breach security measures and entered the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery during the Zero Hour session.

They released yellow gas from canisters, creating a chaotic scene within the parliamentary chambers. Around the same time, two other accused Amol Shinde and Neelam also sprayed coloured gas from canisters while shouting “tanashahi nahi chalegi (dictatorship won’t work)” outside Parliament premises.

Notably, Neelam appeared to be active on social media a few days ago, on November 11.

In her last post on X (formerly Twitter) before the Parliament attack, Neelam had questioned why there wasn’t a 50 per cent quota for women in Parliament and legislative assemblies.

She wrote on November 11, “Women should have a 50 per cent reservation in Parliament and the Legislative Assembly. In Haryana, there is a 50 per cent reservation for women in Gram Panchayats, so why not in the Parliament and Legislative Assembly?”

Prior to this post, she was active on X in June when she shared a post on the attack on Chandrashekhar Azad, leader of the Bhim Army and the President of the Azad Samaj Party.

She wrote, “By attacking bhai (brother) Chandershekhar Azad, it has been proven that whoever raises the voice for the rights of the Dalits and the underprivileged can be killed to suppress their voice. Democracy is being murdered. Criminals should be given strict punishment, (Azad) should be given security.”

Meanwhile, on her Facebook account, Neelam had shared a photo of her being dragged away by police officials at a protest in Jantar Mantar in Delhi in June. Along with the photo, she had penned a caption talking about raising one’s voice against exploitation of women.

On Facebook’s ‘About’ section, Neelam wrote that she was a social activist affiliated to Pargtisheel Aazad Yuvasangthan (PYS).

One commonality between Neelam and Sagar Sharma’s social media profiles is that both of them had shared posts to show their admiration towards freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.

Police have apprehended Neelam, Sagar and three others, while sixth accused Lalit Jha is on the run. A case under the stringent anti-terror law has been lodged in the matter.

Published By:

Aditi Sharma

Published On:

Dec 14, 2023

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