January 2017 News

R-Day Celebrated In Kashmir Without Mantaris

26 January 2017
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: The 68th Republic Day (RD) was celebrated today despite fresh snowfall and chilly weather conditions amid unprecedented security arrangements in the Kashmir valley, where separatist organizations had called for a general strike. The RD functions passed peacefully, officials said. Braving chill following fresh snowfall, national flag hoisting ceremonies parades were organized at district and tehsil headquarters in the valley, where sharp shooters had been deployed to foil any militant attack. Due to bad weather, Ministers could not take part in the Republic day function in Kashmir. Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan hoisted the flag in Srinagar; while as deputy commissioners attend the district level R-functions. The ministers of the state who were scheduled to hoist the flags and take salute on R-day function failed to reach Valley due to the disruption of air as well as road traffic in the Valley. The flag hoisting ceremony and parade took place amid tight security at Bakshi Stadium here. Witnesses said that the smartly turned out contingents of police, paramilitary and school children marched inside the stadium covered with thick blanket of snow. Senior civil, police and army officials attended the function as sharp shooters perched atop buildings around the stadium kept a tight vigil. The officials said that the District magistrates in their respective districts hoisted the flag and took salute in the R-day functions. Div Com while addressing a gathering in Bakshi Stadium thanked all the participants for their participation amid the heavy snowfall. He also congratulated police and other security forces for playing their role for the peace and prosperity of the state. Meanwhile Director General of Police (DGP), S P Vaid said, 'The R-day functions held across the Valley passed off peacefully.' DGP said, that the no untoward incident occurred at any place. 'During the R-day functions held today, no untoward incident occurred in any district of the Valley. The day went incident free,' he said. At several places security forces and state police personnel could be warming themselves by burning wood on the roadside because of chill. Security forces remained deployed in the areas several kms from the stadium, including Jawahar Nagar, Kursoo Rajbagh, Mehjoor Nagar bund, Solina, Gojibagh, civil lines, Danderkha and Batmaloo to foil any militant attempt to fire rifle grenades and rockets. In 90s militants were firing rockets and grenades towards stadium on RD and Independence Day functions. However, due to unprecedented security arrangements such attempts were prevented. There was however, attack on a police party in Kulgam in south Kashmir last night and security forces averted a major tragedy by detecting and defusing an explosive device in Batmaloo bypass yesterday. The RD functions were also organized at all district and tehsil headquarters across the Kashmir valley under heavy security arrangements despite snow.