SRINAGAR, Aug 16: The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated across the Kashmir division with enthusiasm and traditional fervor yesterday. People from different sections of the society, including senior Government functionaries, members of police, security forces and students of various educational institutions took part in the functions held at the district headquarters.
Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra hoisted the Tricolour at the State level function at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here.
He inspected the parade and took the salute at an impressive march past which was commanded by SSP Benam Tosh, Commanding Officer IR 17 Battalion. The smart contingents participating in the Parade were from the Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, women contingents of J&K Police, JKAP, Executive Police, Himachal Pradesh Police, ITBP, SSB, State Disaster Response Force, J&K Fire and Emergency Services, J&K Forest Protection Force, NCC Boys and Girls.
A colourful cultural pageantry based on national integration and the glorious composite heritage of the State and an impressive display of martial arts was presented on this occasion.
Usha Vohra, First Lady; Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Speaker Legislative Assembly; Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of J&K High Court; Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah former Chief Ministers; K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisors to Governor; Judges of the State High Court, Legislators; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary and senior Civil, Police and Army officers, political and social activists, prominent citizens, media persons and the citizenry were present on the occasion.
Anantnag: Dep-uty Commissioner Mohammad Younis Malik unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the parade at the main function held at Government Degree College Khanabal.
Contingents of JKP, CRPF, JKAP, Ladies Police, Home Guards, NCC cadets, District Police Band and school children from various government and private schools participated in the march past on the occasion.
The DC while congratulating the people of the district spoke about the developmental scenario of the district. A variety of cultural programmes were presented by the Information Depar-tment, school children and CRPF on the occasion.
Bandipora: The main function was held with traditional enthusiasm at SK Sports Stadium here. Deputy Comm-issioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who was the chief guest on the occasion, unfu-rled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past presented by contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP CRPF, JKHG, SPOs, NCC cadets and school children.
In his address, the DC spoke about developmental projects underway in the district. Various officers and field workers were awarded for their outstanding performance on the occasion.
Independence Day functions were also held at Sumbal and Gurez parts of the district where concerned Sub Divisional Magi-strates hoisted the Tricolour.
Shopian: Deputy Commissioner, Ow-ais Ahmed, unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the march past presented by contingents of District Police, CRPF, Home Guard and students at the District Police Lines here.
A variety of colourful cultural programmes were presented by participating students on the occasion.
The DC spoke about developmental projects underway in the district.
Budgam: A colourful function was held at the main venue of celebrations in the district at Sports Stadium here where Deputy Commissioner, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past.
Contingents of JKP, JKAP, Home Guards and CRPF took part in the parade during which school students presented colourful cultural programmes.
In her address, the DC extended heartfelt greetings to the people and underscored her vision for development for the district.
Ganderbal: Deputy Comm-issioner, Dr Piyush Singla unfurled the National Flag at the main function in the district at Madre Meharban Stad-ium.
Dr Singla took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, PTS Manigam, Home Guards and students from various educational institutions.
While congratulating the people of Ganderbal on the occasion, the DC said the district administration is working assiduously to ensure that the resources available are efficiently utilized for timely implementation of various developmental projects and welfare programmes.
Pulwama: The main function was held at District Police Lines where Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Mohammad Dar unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past presented by contingents of Police, CRPF, Fire & Emergency, Home Guards, JKAP besides contingents of students from different schools.
The DC while speaking on the occasion recalled the great women and men who worked hard for the country’s freedom. He also described his vision for the development of the district.
On the occasion, colourful cultural programmes were presented by the District Information Centre and school students.
Kulgam: Deputy Commissioner Dr Shameem Ahmad Wani hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past at the main function held at District Police Lines.
Contingents of CRPF, JKP, JKP Ladies Police, District Police Band, Home Guard, NCC cadets and platoons of boys and girls from different Government and private educational institutions participated in the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC highlighted the significance of the Independence Day and also highlighted the developmental scenario of the district where he said several developmental projects are under execution.
Baramulla: A grand function was organized at District Police Lines Baramulla where Deputy Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash hoisted the Tricolour and inspected the parade and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of District Police, CRPF, Fire & Emergency Services and school children.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC stressed on the promotion of national integration, communal harmony and peace. He also spoke about the developmental scenario of the district.
A variety of cultural programmes depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of the State were presented.
Kupwara: The main function was celebrated at District Police Lines where Deputy Commissioner Khalid Jahangir hoisted the National Flag, inspected parade and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, IRP, Home Guard, CRPF, Forest Protection Force, and school children.
MLA Kupwara Bashir Ahmad Dar, SSP Kupwara, ACR, CPO, DIO, besides senior officers from Civil Administration, Police, Army, Security forces, employees, prominent citizens and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
The DC highlighted the significance of Independence Day during which he paid rich tributes to the martyrs. He also presented comprehensive overview on the developmental scenario of the district.
Various cultural programmes were also presented depicting the culture of Kashmir on the occasion.