Colourful R-Day celebrations held in Uttar Pradesh

January 26th, 2009 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) A march past by security forces, colourful tableaux and dances by school students marked the Republic Day celebrations held in the Uttar Pradesh capital Monday. The main function was held at the Vidhan Sabha Marg where Governor T.V. Rajeswar hoisted the national flag and took the salute at an impressive march past in front of the state assembly. Chief Minister Mayawati was also present at the nearly two-hour long function that started at 10 a.m.

Contingents of the Armed Constabulary, different wings of the Uttar Pradesh police, Home Guards and National Cadet Corps participated in the parade.

The parade started from the Charbagh area, covering a five-km route to reach the state assembly in Hazratganj in the heart of Lucknow.

Children from various city schools enacted scenes of security personnel repulsing terrorist attacks. Students also presented lively dances and showcased tableaux highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the state.

The state was on high alert in the wake of two suspected Pakistani terrorists being killed Sunday in Noida, a town adjoining New Delhi, officials said.

“Armed security personnel and snipers were deployed at important vantage points (in Lucknow),” said district police chief Akhil Kumar.

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