Jammu, Aug 15 (PTI) Youths riding bikes and other light vehicles with national flags today made rounds of the city as patriotic fervour gripped Jammu on the occasion of 71st Independence Day.
They were chanting slogans in praise of the country while moving through the city roads, which otherwise witnessed very less movement due to closure of markets and skeletal transport service on account of the national holiday.
National flags were hoisted in every nook and corner of the city with various parties and associations organising special functions and unfurling the tricolour at various places to mark the day which coincided with Janmashtami festival.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh unfurled the tricolour at the official function at mini-stadium located at Parade in the heart of the city amid tight security arrangements.
Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Kavinder Gupta, BJP Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, Minister of state for education Priya Sethi and opposition leaders including provincial president of National Conference Davendra Rana participated in the function.
Among others who attended the function included divisional commissioner Jammu, Mandeep K Bhandhari, Inspector General of Police (Jammu) S D Singh, Deputy commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan.
The roads around the stadium were sealed off by a strong contingent of police and paramilitary forces and many a policemen were seen deployed in the high rise building in the close vicinity.
Tricolour kites dotted the skyline since early morning, adding to the enthusiasm of the people.
The patriotic fervour was also witnessed in other parts of Jammu region where official functions were held at district headquarters.
“The functions passed off peacefully,” a police official said, adding there was no report of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) from anywhere.
Army and other security forces also observed the Independence Day with unfurling of national flag at their camps and headquarters.