From Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, from Gujarat to Assam, Indians celebrated a peaceful 61st Republic Day Tuesday, undaunted by terror threats, Maoist shutdowns, separatist boycotts or even the morning fog that blanketed New Delhi where thousands congregated for the grand parade of military might and cultural diversity. Security was tight in the wake of threats but the enthusiasm was intact.
Six dreaded Naxalites,
involved in killing of 16 police personnel last year, on Tuesday
surrendered before Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil at the
police parade ground here on the occasion of Republic Day.
A ground-to-air security apparatus will be in place in the Capital where one of the highest ever deployment of 15,000 police and paramilitary personnel will secure the 8-km route of the main parade for the R-Day celebrations.