Imphal: Thousands of people came out and witnessed the 66th Republic Day celebrations in Manipur capital Imphal, rejecting the militant outfits call for a boycott of the occasion.
Amidst tight security, the Republic Day was organized at the Kangla Fort. Okram Ibobi Singh, the state's Chief Minister, hoisted the National Flag to mark the beginning of the celebration.
Krishan Kant Paul, the Governor of the state, was given a Guard of Honour.
Ninety-six contingents, including 58 schools students, 12 band parties, both civil and securities, 15 cultural troupes and 14 tableaux of different government departments showcasing different schemes participated in the parade.
Governor Paul also conferred the Police Medal for Gallantry on two police personnel, the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service to one police personnel, the Police Medal for Meritorious Service to nine police personnel and the Fire Service Medal for meritorious service to two fire service staff.
Earlier in the day, three improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded, resulting in low intensity blasts in different areas of the city.