70th Independence Day celebrated in Kashmir amid tight security arrangements
The 7oth Independence Day (ID) was today celebrated in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, under unprecedented security arrangements following strike called by separatists.
However, train service remained suspended and mobile service was snapped for security reasons in the valley, where hundreds of state police and security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, were guarding streets to prevent any violence and demonstration.
The authorities had imposed curfew like restrictions in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) to maintain law and order.
The ID celebrations were held across the Kashmir valley by hoisting national tri-colour and organising cultural and other programmes.
The main function was held at heavily guarded Bakshi stadium, where the national flag was hoisted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. She was presented a guard of honour before taking salute at the march past presented by contingents of different security agencies, including BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB, Uttar Pradesh (UP) police, JK Armed Police, IRP, women police, Fire and Emergency Service and Forest Protection Force (FPF). For the first time personnel from UP also participated in the march past in Srinagar.
Students of different schools also participated in the march past which was followed by cultural programme.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, present and former ministers were also present on the occasion
Similar ID functions were also organised at all district and tehsil headquarters in the valley. The Railway authorities also held flag hoisting ceremonies at all railway stations besides at headquarter at Badgam where Chief Area Manager unfurled the national flag.