Independence Day celebrated peacefully in Kashmir

Independence Day across the Kashmir Valley passed off peacefully amidst tight security arrangements made by the security forces to foil any untoward incident.

Updated: Aug 15, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

Srinagar: Independence Day across the Kashmir
Valley passed off peacefully amidst tight security
arrangements made by the security forces to foil any untoward
incident.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah unfurled the tricolour at the
Bakshi Stadium, the venue for main celebrations in Jammu and
Kashmir, here on Monday on the occasion of the 65th Independence
Day.

Contingents of BSF, CRPF, state armed police, state
police, NCC cadets and school children participated in the
Independence parade at the Bakshi Stadium here.

Stringent security arrangements were put in place
inside the stadium.

As a security measure, the mobile phones portable internet
connections were jammed across the Valley.

The invitees to the function were frisked at nearly half a
dozen places and the invitation cards were matched with the
identity cards.

Closed circuit cameras were also installed inside the
stadium for the first time, while SSG personnel were
monitoring the activities of the crowd with binoculars.

Outside the stadium, thousands of police and paramilitary
CRPF personnel were deployed in the city.

The clock tower in Lal Chowk was put out of limits for
general public as there were apprehensions that BJP activists
might try to hoist national flag as they were prevented to do
so on January 26 this year.

Although there was no specific threat to the celebrations
from militants, the Union Home Ministry had issued an alert
warning of possible terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir and
North eastern states of the country.

However, the celebrations passed off peacefully.

PTI