JAMMU: Amid tight security arrangements, the 71st Republic Day was celebrated across the Jammu region on Sunday with Lt Governor G C Murmu unfurling the tricolour at the main function.
This was the first Republic Day after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was withdrawn on August 5 last year and the erstwhile state was divided into two Union Territories.
Murmu unfurled the tricolour at the jam-packed Maulana Azad Stadium in the heart of the city, inspected the parade and took salute at an impressive march past which was commanded by Colonel Rajesh Kumar Sharma of the 5th battalion of J&K Light Infantry (JAKLI).
Besides JAKLI, the contingents of BSF, CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, Indian Reserve Police, Disaster Response Force, Jammu and Kashmir Fire and emergency services, ex-servicemen, NCC girls and boys and Bharat scouts took part in the march past.
He also addressed the function, witnessing cultural and sports programmes by young boys and girls, and scintillating performance by local police’s daredevils’ motorcycle stunt team.
An IAF chopper showered flower petals at the start of the function, which attracted huge applause, while three helicopters flew overhead at regular intervals during the event.
Before attending the official function, the Lt Governor went to the BalidanStambh in the heart of the city to attend a function Army as part of the Republic Day celebrations and paid his tributes to the personnel who laid down their lives for the country.
Almost all political parties, including the Congress, National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), BJP and the National Panthers Party, unfurled the national flag in and outside their party headquarters to mark the occasion.