Srinagar: For the first time in Kashmir, a contingent of Himachal Pradesh (HP) Police participated in the Indian Independence Day parade at the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium here,
As per officials, the 64-member contingent was invited by J&K Police to take part in the event in order to strengthen cooperation between the police of the two neighbouring states.
“They are staying in Kashmir for the past one week as part of an exchange programme started by J&K Police to promote inter-cultural and interregional understanding among the police force,” an official told Kashmir Reader.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Karan Guleria led the contingent from HP in the parade in Srinagar, the official said.
“We are very happy to come to Kashmir. It is our first assignment as part of an exchange programme. Two years ago we participated in Jammu. Coming to Kashmir is a pleasant experience,” Guleria told Kashmir Reader.
He said a contingent from J&K Police is also participating in the I-Day parade in Himachal Pradesh.
“This initiative taken by our seniors will go a long way to bridge the gap between the states,” he said.
Contingents of police, armed forces, paramilitary, National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps and other organisations participated in today’s parade in Srinagar.
Children from various educational institutes were also part of the parade and cultural programme performed on the occasion.