Republic Day celebrations in J&K amid tight security

Srinagar, Jan 26 (IANS) Amid tight security, Republic day was celebrated on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir first time after the abrogation of Article 370 and after the bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories on August 5.

The main Republic Day function took place at the winter capital in Jammu where Lt Governor G.C. Murmu hoisted the national flag.

In Kashmir, the main function took place at the Sheri Kashmir Cricket stadium in Srinagar where the advisor to Lt Governor, Farooq Khan, hoisted the national flag.

Khan addressed a few hundred people in the stadium and touched upon the various developmental schemes launched in the union territory.

Cultural items were later presented by the students.

Republic day functions are also being held all the district headquarters across Jammu and Kashmir.

With intelligence inputs suggesting possible militant attacks there has been additional deployment of police and para military forces across the Valley.

In Srinagar, the shops remained closed and the police were seen stopping the vehicles and thoroughly checking them.

In view of the security situation, the government has ordered the suspension of mobile data services in Kashmir Sunday till 6 p.m. on Sunday. The voice calling and the SMS has also been suspended till 6 p.m.

–IANS
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