Chandigarh: Punjab, Haryana and their joint
capital Chandigarh today celebrated Independence day amidst
unprecedented security arrangements across the region.
Patriotic fervour and gaiety marked the occasion across
the two states and Union Territory Chandigarh as flag hoisting
ceremonies were held at district headquarters, educational
institutes and other places.
The celebrations passed off peacefully as no untoward
incident was reported from any part of the region, officials
Freedom fighters, who played a vital role in the struggle
for independence, were remembered on the occasion.
Amid overcast conditions, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh
Administrator, Shivraj Patil unfurled the tricolour at a
function held here, while Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
unfurled the tricolour at a state-level function at Amritsar,
where heavy rains marred the event.
Punjab`s Deputy Chief Minister and ruling Shiromani Akali
Dal President, Sukhbir Singh Badal unfurled the tricolour at
newly created Fazilka district.
In Haryana, Governor Jagannath Pahadia unfurled the flag
at a function held at Hisar, while Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda, unfurled the flag at Bhiwani as Independence Day
was celebrated with much enthusiasm in other parts of the
state as well.